Dr Mariana Casale
Bibliotherapy: Read • Think • Talk • Share
Bibliophile | Literary consultant, trainer & facilitator| Manchester Literature Festival host
I offer expert guidance in each reader’s journey into themselves through literature. I am passionate about placing the reader at the center of the literary experience. I believe that we all have potential to develop our own unique reading style and precious set of interpretive and signifying strategies. Bibliotherapy seeks to foster, develop, support and enhance reading as a meaningful, reflective journey into ourselves, promoting self-knowledge, balance and well- being, as well as enhancing critical and creative thinking.
- Bibliotherapy practitioner
- Literary consultant, facilitator and trainer
- Owner of The Reading Rooms, a cutting edge individual and shared reading experience
- Special interest in short stories and experimental fiction
- Specialist in Latin American literature, particularly contemporary Argentine short fiction
The Reading Rooms
I have chosen to combine the richness and diversity of my teaching and academic experience, my literary expertise and my own personal reflective journey to create The Reading Rooms: a bibliotherapeutic practice consisting in an in-depth exploration of personal narratives through literature. Sessions take place in a one-to-one or group setting. I also offer regular shared reading group facilitation in a variety of environments, as well as literary consultancy, training and professional development. The Reading Rooms operates in Manchester and Buenos Aires, and readers from all over the world can gain access to ours services online (via Skype).
Manchester Literature Festival
For the last few years, I have hosted a variety of writer events for Manchester Literature Festival. I have had the privilege to host in-conversations with a range of exciting figures such as the inspirational Turkish author Elif Safak, whose Gaeia Manchester Sermon I hosted in 2015. Other fascinating writers I have had the pleasure to talk to include Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta, Argentine short story writer and poet Andrés Neuman (watch a clip here), American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley and Spanish young writers Kirmen Uribe, Jesús Carrasco (read a review here) and Care Santos. I also served as interpreter (Spanish/English) for Care Santos during our conversation (read a review here).
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I obtained a degree in English and developed a teaching career specializing in English Language, Literature and Creative Writing.
I completed an MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity at Queen Mary College, University of London, followed by a PhD in Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester.
I specialize in Latin American and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. My book, ‘The Making of Jorge Luis Borges as an Argentine Cultural Icon’ explores issues of Argentineness and cultural identity, and intersections of literature with photography, popular culture and the study of urban spaces.
I have organized and given papers at international conferences, as well as teaching Spanish and Latin American Literature, as part of an extensive teaching career which began in Argentina and extended to England, including Further and Higher education.
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