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Musings about Spain and Spanish life by Paul Whitelock, hispanophile of 40 years and now resident of Ronda in Andalucía .

Friday, February 23, 2024 @ 10:32 AM

La Asociacion de Prensa de la Costa del Sol (Costa Press Club), of which I've been a member for some dozen years, is a social grouping of journalists, writers and other media people living and working in Southern Andalucia. The group is international; present at last Tuesday's get-together were English, Welsh and Scots; two Australians; two Germans; an Argentinian, as well as a couple of Spanish.



The February get-together for a presentation and dinner was earlier this week at Restaurante La Alvaroteca in Malaga City.

An impressive 34 members and guests turned up, the highest attendance yet in the 20-odd year existence of the association.

What was the attraction? The restaurant where we were to meet? Or, the speakers? A combination, I think.

The chosen restaurant on this occasion was La Alvaroteca, in the centre. After a pre-dinner vermouth-based cocktail and a natter, we occupied our seats in the private dining room, and were treated to three talks by publisherd authors.

Two women and one man, ranging from 70-odd down to 22 years of age. Two were/are members of the CPC.

The evening was introduced by Joanna Styles, CPC committee member and the organiser of this event, and compered by Neil Hesketh, the new chairman, elected following the sad and premature death last year of previous incumbent Dane Jesper Sander Pedersen.


 "Writing and publishing under the microscope"

The panel of authors taking part in the presentation included a Scottish lady, an Englishman and a Welshwoman.

First up was Joan Fallon, a Scottish-born lady who has lived in southern Spain for longer than she hasn't. She is the author of 18 published books, one non-fiction and the rest novels, usually set against a Spanish historical backdrop. Joan is a long-standing member of the Costa Press Club. Joan managed to find a publisher, 

Nick Foster, an Englishman, writes novels based on true crimes. Nick splits his time between Spain and the Netherlands and has half a dozen published books. He self-publishes and his books are available from Amazon.

Katie Lewis, born in Spain of Welsh parents, is the "new-kid-on-the-block". Just 22, she is tri-lingual and has one book published but several others in the pipeline. She also self-publishes. She writes fantasies in English and translates them herself into Spanish.

All three spoke about their own backgrounds and what inspires them to write, and offered advice to aspiring authors.

After a few questions from the audience, we settled down for the main event. We were getting a bit peckish!


La Alvaroteca

Dinner was a menu de degustacion, comprising a wealth of exquisite tapas. My wife, an occasional guest at these functions, and no mean cook herself, declared it to be the best yet of the several CPC dinners she has attended. We were served the following:

Ensaladilla de Gambas

Tosta de Arroz Negro, Anguila Ahumada y Ali Oli

Coliflor a la Crema

Chipirón en Salsa Americana

Merluza, Holandesa y Lechuga

Postre - leche, Tomillo y Calabaza


Then, it was all over. People got into their Ubers and Bolts and headed off home. We just ambled across the road to our hotel, the reasonably-priced Hotel Goartin. We had planned a mini-break around the CPC meeting, so that we could enjoy a couple of days on the coast and in magnificent Malaga.


© Pablo de Ronda



Costa Press Club, 

La Alvaroteca, C. Gerona, 38 bis, Cruz de Humilladero, 29006 Málaga  Teléfono680 62 52 14

Hotel Goartin, C. Gerona, 32, Cruz de Humilladero, 29006 Málaga  Teléfono: 952 36 51 35

Joan Fallon, Home - Joan Joan Fallon: books, biography, latest update

Nick Foster, : nick foster

Katie Lewis, (5) Video | Facebook - "A Curse of Love and Law" is available in both English and Spanish and is the first of a series.



Liz Parry (official chronicler of the Costa Press Club)

Karl Smallman (photo of the authors)

Paul Whitelock (all other photos)

SUR in English (background information)



Alvaroteca, Asociacion de Prensa, Costa Press Club, Hotel Goartin, Jesper Sander Pedersen, Joan Fallon, Joanna Styles, Katie Lewis, Malaga, Neil Hesketh, Nick Foster, Pablo de Ronda, Sur in English

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