Vanessa Montfort

Born in Barcelona, Madrid-based novelist and playwright Vanessa Montfort is one of the stand-out Spanish literary voices of recent times, winning awards for each of her first three novels: El ingrediente secreto (The Secret Ingredient, Ateneo de Sevilla Young Novelist Award, 2006), Mitología de Nueva York (Myths of New York, Ateneo de Sevilla Award, 2010) and La leyenda de la isla sin voz (The Legend of the Voiceless Isle, City of Zaragoza Historic Novel Award, 2014).  Her theatrical works include Flashback and Tierra de Tiza (Chalkland) for the Royal Court Theatre (London), La Regenta (The Princess Regent) for Teatros del Canal (Madrid, 2012), and Sirena Negra (Black Mermaid) for the 2015 Sitges Festival. Since 2015, she has directed Los Hijos de Mary Shelley (Mary Shelley’s Children), Spain’s first theatre company dedicated to the theatre of fantasy. In 2016, she founded BEMYBABY films, whose first feature, Miguel Ángel Lamata’s Nuestros amantes (Our Lovers) was released in the same year.  Her most recent novel, Mujeres que compran flores (Women Who Buy Flowers) was published by Plaza y Janés (Random House) in 2016.  She can be found online at