Postcard from… Gijón

Universidad Laboral de Gijón, Asturias. España...

Universidad Laboral de Gijón, Asturias. España. Noviembre de 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gijón is a tourist destination with a difference, an old industrial port on the northern Spanish coast that has managed to put itself on the map thanks largely to a zany crime-writing festival. Ferris wheels loom over the Semana Negra (Noir Week), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and draws a million visitors with its blend of funfair and litfest.

The best thing about the fair is that visitors, candy floss in hand, can rub shoulders with the likes of Oscar-winning Antonio Skármeta, the Chilean author of The Postman. Unlike highbrow festivals, entrance is free to all the events, including 120 crime, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy and mainstream writers.

Source:  independent.co.uk

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