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Ana Victoria is an Afro-Colombian biologist who will be ordained as the first female Colombian priest of the Anglican church in July 2017 in St Paul Cathedral. After being kidnapped by armed traffickers while she was working with indigenous communities in the Choco region, she subsequently fled to...
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Ana Victoria is an Afro-Colombian biologist who will be ordained as the first female Colombian priest of the Anglican church in July 2017 in St Paul Cathedral. After being kidnapped by armed traffickers while she was working with indigenous communities in the Choco region, she subsequently fled to...
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Pioneering Pan-Latin chef and restauranteur, Esnayder Cuartas, declares his love for this over-sized banana.
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Patricia Diaz describes herself as a migrant storyteller, for she has lived longer in London than in her native Colombia. Her debut novel ‘The Golden Bat’ touches on the tragic events of the 1985 Nevado del Ruiz volcano eruption that killed 25,000 people, through the ‘return’ of an English academic...
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Inspired by ten years living as a teacher in Brazil, Paradise City is the debut crime novel from Joe Thomas, which delves deep into the underworld of São Paulo. Here the author writes about the people and places, the violence and beauty of one of the world's biggest megatropolis, that...
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Many an author and musician have fallen to the seductions of the Latin Caribbean’s most intriguing island and bestselling author Rosanna Ley is no exception. Her latest novel Last Dance in Havana takes readers to the dusty dance floors of Cuba for a tale of romance and adventure. Here she describes...
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Victoria Kellaway visits the birthplace of Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize winner, pioneer of Magical Realism and Colombia’s most famous writer.
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Mirca Moreira revels in the short London journey that quenches her craving for a little piece of Colombia.
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It is said that people of all cultures use the world ‘love’ to describe a feeling they get when someone meets their needs. So what is love between Cubans and Western visitors to the island? Leila Segal explores
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Writer-performer Tamsin Clarke fell so in love with the story of Manuelita Saenz, the 19th century Ecuadorian revolutionary, sometime spy and lover of Simon Bolívar that she decided to write a show about her. Here she recounts her love affair with the 19th century proto-feminist, now a hero of the...
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Paco Peña, one of the world's most celebrated flamenco guitarists mourns an irreplaceable Flamenco soul and friend
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Isabel Camus worked for Chile’s nationalized copper company and was a close aide of Salvador Allende. In the days leading up to the coup in 1973, Isabel travelled to Europe to try to counteract a big legal operation mounted by the Americans to stop governments buying Chilean copper. This journey...
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Amaranta Wright was hired by Levi's to travel through Latin America, befriending teenagers and reporting their ideas, hopes and aspirations. As time passed, the more sinister and divisive aspects of what she was being asked to do became apparent...
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