Introducing #ManyVoices visiting writer Alicia Quiñones

We are very happy to welcome Mexican writer and journalist Alicia Quiñones to Scotland as our Many Voices international writer.  Alicia joins Sarah Short for our event at Dundee Literary Festival on 22 October, focused on showcasing the work with Apex Scotland at HMP YOI Grampian.

We are very happy to welcome Mexican writer and journalist Alicia Quiñones to Scotland as our Many Voices international writer.  Alicia joins Sarah Short for our event at Dundee Literary Festival on 22 October, focused on showcasing the work with Apex Scotland at HMP YOI Grampian.

Alicia Quiñones is writer and journalist from Mexico City. She is the author of Fe en primavera (Faith in spring) (2005), Instantáneas distantes (Distant snapshots) (2008) and Cuarteto para sombras (Quartet for shadows) (2012). For seven years, Alicia was the editor of Laberinto, a literary supplement for Milenio newspaper. She has also worked as a journalist for Milenio TV and Top Radio in Madrid, and written for publications including Rolling Stone and Vice News. Currently Alicia is contributing to La Razón, a Mexican newspaper.

Alicia is also the secretary of PEN México, and a member of PEN International Search Committee. Her work in the organisation focuses on political and media incidence about attacks on freedom of speech and killings of journalists. She has created PEN Piensa, a digital literary and journalistic platform that invites reflection and analysis of the current situation for freedom of expression in Mexico and Latin America.

As a reporter, Alicia has written widely about Mexican prisons and the cultural and artistic expression. She has also taught literary journalism for young women and men in prison. Alicia’s experiences working with prisoners strengthened her belief in the importance of sharing our stories through writing.

“The words can be the door to our own freedom”, she says.

Join us to hear more from Alicia, Sarah and the Apex Grampian writing group at Dundee Literary Festival on 22 October.