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Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. His work has appeared in Words Without Borders, CatapultThe CommonThe RumpusElectric LiteratureJMWWRiver TeethLiteral Magazine, among others. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. He has received fellowships from OMI writers (NY), Société des auteurs (Belgium), Jakob Sande (Norway), Can Serrat (Spain), and the Three Seas' Council (Rhodes). His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017, and his work has partially been translated into Dutch and French. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

23 January 2021

A new way to repurpose the Religious Heritage in Flanders

A blackbird lands on the branch of a pear tree and sings, the notes of its melody reaching the ears of a passerby on Boeveriestraat, perhaps […]
21 January 2021

Six Must-Visit Destinations From Books

  Reading is a way of travelling – a way of expanding our own universe. As George R.R. Martin puts it: ‘A reader lives a thousand […]
19 January 2021

Music festivals with 20 000 people are being held in New Zealand – without masks

Thanks to the strict health measures imposed in 2020, New Zealand has not had new Covid-19 cases of Covid-19 in recent months. Early on in the […]
18 January 2021

The Colosseum will have a retractable floor by 2023

Italy has announced plans to build a retractable floor at the Colosseum in Rome. The government has opened a bid to find a group of engineers […]
18 January 2021

Royal British Legion Brussels history unveiled

Did you know that about 6,000 British servicemen wed Belgian women and settled here after WW2? Or that Princess Margaret’s divorcee lover Peter Townsend was unceremoniously […]
18 January 2021

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day of Service

Each year, the third Monday in January is a Day of Service and federal holiday in the USA, dedicated to the memory and service of Martin […]
14 January 2021

Amélie Nothomb: Belgium’s most eccentric writer?

To get to know Amélie Nothomb is to get know Belgium itself. The writer, like the country, is full of contradictions. Belgium is just a third […]
14 January 2021

5 books that make you want to explore the Amazon

Great books have an incredible ability to transport you; one minute you’re sat on the sofa finding your page, the next you’re exploring a far off […]
13 January 2021

In Sweden, small talk is not everyone’s cup of tea

It may seem like a totally different era, yet there certainly was a time during which we carelessly and enthusiastically travelled the world. A time during […]
13 January 2021

10 most beautiful airports in the world

With travel currently restricted and air transport being heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the airports are unfortunately not as busy as they used […]
12 January 2021

10 Premieres you’ll want to watch at home in 2021

Confinement periods are being extended in different parts of the world, specially in Europe. Vaccination has started but it remains unclear how soon the safety measures […]
11 January 2021

The film festival you can attend all alone on a Swedish island

The beginning of 2021 is looking a lot like 2020, with social distancing key nowadays due to Covid-19. Cinema is among the hardest hit by this pandemic, however, […]
11 January 2021

What is Japan’s Coming of Age Day?

Today, on Monday 11th January, millions of young Japanese people are celebrating turning 20 years old by dressing up and attending traditional ceremonies to honour Japan’s […]
6 January 2021

Visiting the House of European History in Brussels

On the 7th of December, the House of European History reopened its doors to visitors. The new temporary exhibition is called: “Fake for Real: A History […]
6 January 2021

10 Most anticipated movies to watch in 2021

2020 has been both an indelible and forgettable year. Our lives have been, one way or another, affected by the pandemic and its consequences. As we […]
5 January 2021

Telling Stories

Many of us will recall being accused, as children, by frustrated and sometimes angry parents of “telling stories”, of making things up, of fibbing, a less […]
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