Irene Solà

Writer and artist, winner of the 2018 Anagrama Book Prize for Canto jo i la muntanya balla.

Irene Solà (Malla, 1990) holds a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s in Literature and Visual Culture from the University of Sussex. Her book of poems Bèstia (Galerada, 2012) was selected for the Amadeu Oller Poetry Prize and has been translated into English under the title Beast (Shearsman Books, 2017). Her first novel, Els dics (L’Altra Editorial, 2018), won the 2017 Documenta Prize and the second, Canto jo i la muntanya balla (Anagrama, 2019) received the 2018 Anagrama Book Prize.

Her texts and other works have been read and exhibited in Whitechapel Gallery and the Jerwood Arts Centre in London, in Girona’s Bòlit contemporary art centre, in the MAC in Mataró, the ACVIC, the JosédelaFuente Gallery in Santander, the Sant Cugat International Poetry Festival, the Sitges Poetry Festival and the Poesia i + Festival, and she is a regular contributor to La Llança. 

She has received grants including the Literary Creation Grant from the Catalan Ministry of Culture, the “Art Jove” Grant for young artists and the City of Vic Grant, and was one of the artists selected to take part in the 2017 Barcelona Producció-La Capella programme. In October 2018 she was writer in residence at the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University in Virginia, while this autumn she is due to take part in the Ledig House-Art Omi Writers residency programme in New York.

Storytelling

The Unkempt Kitchen

Irene Solà

A reflection on the process of writing that follows the trail of a finished novel, where the kitchen signifies both a place and a metaphor for creation.