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