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Juana Adcock

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Contact: juana.girasola@gmail.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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I am a Mexican poet, translator and performer working in English and Spanish. I am fascinated by what language can do, and I often investigate this in my work. I sometimes write in Spanglish or borrow words or phrases from other languages such as Italian and Greek.

When performing poetry, I sometimes use additional elements such as a tape recorder, effects or live music, on occasion even creating multilingual poetry sound installations, emphasizing the presence of the voice and using music to highlight the sound of the words. I also make music with two rock bands, The Raptors and Las Mitras, playing bass and writing and singing some of the songs for the latter.

I have performed at numerous literary festivals internationally, taking part in many multilingual poetry translation workshops. I have translated some of the most daring authors working in the Spanish language today, such as Gabriela Wiener, Diego Osorno and Giuseppe Caputo, and have facilitated translation and creative writing workshops for children and adults in a variety of settings. I’m interested in co-translation and collaborations across different art forms and cultures.

(Photo credit: Kotryna Ula)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Bibliotherapy; Bilingual event; Mentoring; Multilingual event; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Audience can work with

English as an additional language (EAL); People experiencing mental health problems

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Horror; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Translation; Travel writing; Urban communities; Violence & abuse; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+