In Conversation: Margarita García Robayo

Come and join acclaimed Colombian author in a rare visit to Scotland as she discusses Fish Soup, a dazzling book translated by Charlotte Coombe and published by Edinburgh-based Latin American champions Charco Press


Earlier this year we were lucky enough to host a book launch for Margarita Garcia Robayo’s Fish Soup with translator Charlotte Coombe, and now we are delighted to present the author herself. Fish Soup has been one of our favourite works of fiction this year. A collection of two novellas, Waiting for a Hurricane and Sexual Education, the book also contains award-winning short story collection Worse Things.

Robayo’s fiction is dark, fresh and cynical; she explores the role of women and sexuality. Some of her vivid prose will make you laugh aloud and the rest just might break your heart. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this bright voice in Latin American fiction talk about her work in person in this rare trip to Edinburgh. We are always delighted to welcome Charco Press back to Golden Hare Books – you won’t regret joining us!


Margarita García Robayo (Cartagena, Colombia, 1980) is the author of three novels, a book of autobiographical essays and several collections of short stories, including Worse Things, which obtained the prestigious Casa de las Américas Prize in 2014. Her work has appeared in several anthologies such as Región: cuento político latinoamericano (Political Latin American Short Stories, 2011) and Childless Parents (2014). In 2013, she was awarded a Literary Creation Grant from the Han Nefkens Foundation and the Pompeu Fabra University. Her books have been praised in Latin America as well as in Spain, and have been translated into French, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew and Chinese. Fish Soup is her first book to appear in English.