Joan Barril, Writer and Journalist, Dies at 62

Joan Barril (Barcelona, 1952 – 2014) was a writer and “pluri-media” journalist.

He studied Philosophy and Letters at the Universitat de Barcelona and fathered five children. Barril wrote newspaper columns (a total of around 16,000 during his lifetime) and directed a radio show. In the past, he had been the editor in chief of the weekly paper El món [The world], and the host of the TV shows Qwerty on Barcelona TV and, together with Joan Ollé, L’illa del tresor [Treasure island] on Canal 33 [the culture channel of regional Catalan TV]. He founded and directed the publishing house Barril & Barral.

Among his books are the following (prizes awarded):

Un submarí a les estovalles [A submarine on the tablecloth] (Pere Quart prize for humour&satire, 1988)

Parada obligatòria [Obligatory stop] (Ramon Llull, 1988)

Tots els ports es diuen Helena [All the harbours are called Helena] (Ramon Muntaner, 1998; Crítica Serra d’Or for children’s and juvenile lit, 2000)

Certes mentides [Certain lies] (23 de Abril, 2002)

Les terres promeses [The promised lands] (Caixa Sabadell, 2010)

This blogger for a time used to follow his evening radio show “El Cafè de la República” (cf. 2009 post) while doing the dishes.

SOURCE: La Vanguardia, Dec. 13, 2014

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