Spanish writer to discuss relations between literature, journalism

By Seymour Barros Sanchez

Alfonso Armada

SPANISH writer Alfonso Armada on Tuesday will conduct a talk in Manila for the “Encuentros en la literature” (Encounters in Literature) program organized by Instituto Cervantes, with the collaboration of the Embassy of Spain and the Philippine Chapter of the PEN Club.

Entitled “The Only Limit Between Journalism and Literature is… Truth” and to be delivered in English, the 6 p.m. event will be held at the Intramuros branch of Instituto Cervantes de Manila located at Plaza San Luis Complex, Real St.

Armada believes “it is possible to do great literature by doing excellent journalism.”

In his talk, the Spanish writer will elaborate on the closed links between journalism and literature, and “the pact that the journalist signs with the readers: you can invent nothing. The search for truth is the goal.”

Moreover, in times of disinformation and “fake news,” he asserts that “honest journalism is needed more than ever, since it’s the key to understanding reality that is as complex as it is exciting.”

Encuentros” features a series of interactions and fora between writers of diverse cultures. It seeks to serve the local community’s cultural life through activities that contribute to the dynamic production of literary writing and the vibrant exchange of creative practices between cultures.

Armada was born in 1958 in Vigo, Spain. He studied journalism and theatre in Madrid. He worked for the Spanish newspapers El País (during which he covered Sarajevo and was a correspondent in Africa for five years) and ABC (for which he was a correspondent in New York). Among his books are Diccionario de Nueva York, Mar Atlántico, Diario de una travesía and Fracaso de Tánger.

The lecture at Instituto Cervantes is open to the public. Admission is free. For further information, please check out Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page ( or call Instituto Cervantes at (632) 5261482.


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Seymour Barros Sanchez
Seymour Barros Sanchez is an advocacy filmmaker, communication and film professor, freelance writer, and producer for news and current affairs programs. He is a fellow of the 17th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop (organized by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication), 21st Iligan National Writers Workshop(organized by the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology) and 9th Palihang Rogelio Sicat (organized by the UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas). He is also a graduate of the 14th Ricky Lee scriptwriting workshop for film and the first Brillante Mendoza film workshop.

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