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16:00 a 16:15
Alan Moran
Alan Moran
08:00 a 10:00
Eugenio Hernández
Eugenio Hernández
10:45 a 11:45
Natalia Piñuel
Natalia Piñuel

Madrid Live - 04/03/2019

60 minutos

Last week, British writer Colin Thubron received the Edward Stanford Award for His Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing.  He also recently received The International Award from The Spanish Geographical Society who described him as “one of the best international travel writers of all time”. 

In this edition of Madrid Live, we feature Ann Bateson's interview with Colin when he came to Madrid to talk about his work.  During the interview, Colin talks passionately about his travels.  He tells us, for example, how he started out in travel writing by writing about Damascus.  He also tells us about his “naïve trip” to the Soviet Union in 1982 which he recorded in “Among the Russians”.   From those early experiences, he developed his classic travel books “Behind the Wall”, “The Lost Heart of Asia”, “In Siberia”, “Shadow of the Silk Road”' and “To a Mountain in Tibet”.   The Times has recognised Colin Thubron as one of the outstanding 50 British writers of the last half century for his “unique capacity to describe landscapes, extracting from them a lyrical quality, and even spiritual at times”.  

We also take a look at the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” which came out at the end of October and is still showing in 14 Madrid cinemas.  “Bohemian Rhapsody” is described as a “foot-stomping celebration of the band Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury”.   Rami Malek has of course just won the Oscar for Best Actor for playing Mercury.  In this edition of Madrid Live, Rami describes what it was like to play Freddie Mercury in the film. Also, author Tiffany tells us how she used to watch Freddie Mercury composing “Bohemian Rhapsody” when she was 7.  Tiffany was brought up on a farm which was converted into rehearsal studios for bands like Queen - and Tiffany drew from that experience to write her novel “Diamond Star Halo” which is a story of fate, magic and rock and roll on a Welsh farm.