Each day the organizers of Semana Negra 2007 produced a
newspaper with stories, photos, and event calendar. Marta is holding up the
first edition. Along the way the train passed through the heart of Spain.
Scene from train window on the
way to Gijon.
On arrival in Gijon we were met
with a band at the train station.
Documentary film maker
and New York resident Fred Barney Taylor was on the train and covered the
festival for a documentary film.
Fred Barney Taylor in action 6
July 2007 Gijon, Spain
Susan Straub (Peter Straub’s wife)
and Samuel “Chip” Delaney provided the crowd with their own version of the
famous New York “hello”.
Susan Straub and Samuel “Chip”
Delaney Gijon, Spain 6 July 2007
The festival grounds
were located at end of the beach from the Don Manuel Hotel. It was a
two-kilometer walk. There was a festival train but most people chose to walk
along the San Lorenzo beach. Few foreign tourists have discovered this part of
Spain. It is off the beaten track. The overwhelming number of people on the
beach or the boardwalk were locals. The clouds in the distance delivered rain on
some days. According to those in the know, the locals carry their bathing
costumes in their handbag and when the clouds clear head directly to the beach.
This time of year the sunset was around 9.50 p.m. At 6.30 p.m. the beach on a
sunny day was packed. The shot below was taken with the tide out.
San Lorenzo Beach, Giyon, Spain
8 July 2007
At the end of the beach was the sign in front
of the festival grounds.
At the end of San Lorenzo Beach
Giyon, Spain 8 July 2007 was the sign for Semana
Last is a photograph of Columbia novelist Antonio
Garcia Angel who presented his novel Recursos Humanos
, with Paco Taibo
making the introduction. Antonio’s story was an interesting one, with a lot of
inside information into what it was like growing up and going to school in
Columbia. He was chosen as a novelist for the Rolex mentor programme. His mentor
was the famous Peruvian author Mario
. Antonio’s novel Recursos Humanos
emerged out of that
relationship. He had weekly phone conferences with Mario Vargas Llosa and
frequently traveled to meet the author. Europa Star
has this to say about the Rolex programme:
“Rolex launched its international program of artistic patronage in 2002,
and each cycle runs one year. It covers six artistic disciplines: dramatic art,
visual art, literature, dance, music, and film. In each of these fields, Rolex
invites a recognized master to serve as the Mentor, who will give advice and
instruction to the Protégé, a person with promising talent who has not yet
reached their full potential. The program of this one-on-one personal
relationship is established by each Mentor who decides, along with the Protégé,
how their collaboration will work. A minimum of six weeks of work together is
expected during each cycle of the year, but it is clear that each discipline
will have different specifications.”
Not enough is known about this
programme in Thailand. There were be a number of people in the Kingdom who
should be encouraged to apply.