Julia Navarro at SEK: “Technology has had an impact on society, including reading habits”

The acclaimed writer and journalist Julia Navarro visited SEK-Ciudalcampo, where she met with students and families with the aim of promoting reading. The author has reached millions of readers thanks to works such as La Hermandad de la Sábana Santa, ’La Biblia de barro, La sangre de los inocentes, ’Dime quién soy, ’Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto, ’Historia de un canalla, ’Tú no matarás, De ninguna parte and Una historia compartida.

At SEK Schools, days to promote reading with writers are organised periodically. Organised by year 4 ESO Language and Literature teacher, Trinidad Esparza, and by the school librarian, Emilia Salas, the students attended after reading Dime quién soy, one of the novelist’s books.

At the meeting, the writer chatted and shared opinions about literature and her works. The students also had the opportunity to interview her.

Changes during the writing process

Julia Navarro explained to SEK students the story that inspired her book Dime quién soy, a historical novel published in 2010. “The idea for the book came from a conversation about a family member who abandoned his family, and I decided to write a story based on this family member’s experience.” Passionate about books and travel, the author explained that her personal experiences, such as travelling and working as a journalist, influenced her writing process.

The author also shared her approach to planning and writing a novel, stating that “I have a clear idea of the ending before I begin. However, I admit that changes may occur during the writing process.”

The talk also addressed the “challenging process” of adapting Dime quién soy into a television series, which “took longer than usual due to the extensive revisions, five years” and confirmed that he actively participated in the production process adaptation by reviewing and providing feedback on scripts.

Impact of technology on reading and writing habits

Julia Navarro recognised that technology has changed society and that new generations are more affected than them by technological advances and acknowledged that “personally I prefer to read physical books over electronic books or screens, I enjoy the tactile experience of holding a book.”

Although she admits that technology has changed the way of writing, the author believes that it is up to the new generations to determine how it will affect their writing and storytelling processes.

Curiosity about the future and artificial intelligence

The novelist also had time to discuss the future and its connection with artificial intelligence, the ethical implications of AI and how future generations should address them. “Artificial intelligence has the potential to write books and even replace human personality.”


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