M. G. Sanchez

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M. G. Sanchez

M. G. Sanchez is a Gibraltarian writer. He has written over a dozen books, all of which broach the subject of Gibraltarian identity. Articles about Sanchez's work have appeared in different European university journals, including British and American Studies,[1] Il Tolomeo,[2] the Alicante Journal of English Studies,[3] ES Review,[4] Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies, [5] the Kervan International Journal of Afro-Asiatic Studies,[6] as well as in books such as Ritorno a Babele: esercizi di globalizzazione[7] and (Post)Colonial Passages: Incursions and Excursion Across the Literatures and Cultures in English.[8]

Sanchez has spoken about his books at different European university venues, including the University of Salamanca,[9] the University of Turin,[10] the University of the Balearic Islands,[11][12] the University of Portsmouth,[13] the University of Strasbourg,[14] the University of Barcelona,[15] the University of Northumbria,[16] the University of Lisbon,[17] the University of Gibraltar,[18] King's College London,[19] and the University of Basel,[20] for which he wrote a special autobiographical piece entitled 'Fifty Years of Unbelonging.'[21] He also took part in the 2017 Gibraltar International Literary Festival, delivering a talk entitled 'Representing Gibraltarianness,'[22] and in the 2018 version of the event, where he gave a talk about his book Bombay Journal.[23] Writing in the well-known British publication the New Statesman in early 2015, Sanchez stated that his intention as a writer and speaker was "to present a Gibraltar that feels more real and more tangible than the “contested territory” cliché that readers so often encounter in newspaper editorials."[24]

Sanchez has also taken part in various radio programmes, including ABC's Late Night Live [25] with veteran broadcaster Phillip Adams, the BBC World Service's The Cultural Frontline with Tina Daheley[26] and Antena Caro's Lletres Ebrenques with Emigdi Subirats i Sebastià.[27]

His book Past: A Memoir (2016), relates the hardships his family endured during the Gibraltarian border crisis of 2013 and also describes a walk which Sanchez undertook in Gibraltar's Upper Town Area in the company of the British Historian Nicholas Rankin.

Sanchez holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Leeds.[28]

List of books

Rock of Empire (2001)

Rock Black: Ten Gibraltarian Stories (2006)

Writing the Rock of Gibraltar: An Anthology of Literary Texts, 1720-1890 (2006)

The Prostitutes of Serruya's Lane and other Hidden Histories (2007)

Diary of a Victorian Colonial and other Tales (2008)

Georgian and Victorian Gibraltar: Incredible Eyewitness Accounts (2012)

The Escape Artist (2013)

Solitude House (2015)

Jonathan Gallardo (2015)

Past: A Memoir (2016)

Bombay Journal (2018)

Crossed Lines (2019)

Border Control and other Autobiographical Pieces (2019)

Critical bibliography

Sarah M. Abas, 'M. G. Sanchez: an Interview,' ES Review 39, 2018, pp. 319-330.

Esterino Adami, ‘La Rocca di Babele: narrazioni e trasformazioni linguistiche in M. G. Sanchez,' Ritorno a Babele: prove di globalizzazione (Turin: Neos Terrenia, 2013), pp. 71-81.

Esterino Adami, ‘An Interview with Gibraltarian author M. G. Sanchez followed by a review of The Escape Artist,' Il Tolomeo 13, 2013, pp. 29-36.

Esterino Adami, ‘Recensione di Jonathan Gallardo,’ Il Tolomeo 18, 2016, pp. 233-35.

Esterino Adami, ‘Recensione di Solitude House,’ Il Tolomeo, 17, 2015, pp. 185-187.

Esterino Adami, ‘A Passage to Gibraltar: Alterity and Representation in M. G. Sanchez,’ Postcolonial Passages: incursions and excursions across the literatures and cultures in English (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018), pp. 204–214.

Rebecca Gabay, 'M. G. Sanchez’s Bombay Journal: Redressing the Past from the Colonial Present,' Kervan International Journal of Afro-Asiatic Studies, 22, 2018, pp. 291-294.

Amanda Gerke, ‘Discursive Boundaries: Code-Switching as Representative of Gibraltarian Identity Construction in M. G. Sanchez's Rock Black,Miscelánea 57, 2018 pp. 35-57.

Ina Habermann, 'British-European Entanglements: M.G. Sanchez's The Escape Artist and the Case of Gibraltar,' Journal for Literary and Intermedial Crossings 2, 2018, pp. b1-20.

Ana Maria Manzanas Calvo, 'The Line and the Limit of Britishness: The Construction of Gibraltarian Identity in M. G. Sanchez’s Writing,’ ES Review 38, 2017, pp. 27-45.

Elena Seoane, 'Telling the true Gibraltarian Story: an interview with Gibraltarian writer M. G. Sanchez,' Alicante Journal of English Studies 29, 2016, pp. 251-258

John A. Stotesbury, 'Mediterranean Gothic: M. G. Sanchez’s Gibraltar Fiction in its Context,’ British and American Studies 21, 2016, pp. 156-172.


  1. ^ Stotesbury, John (2016). "Mediterranean Gothic: M.G. Sanchez's Gibraltar Fiction in its Contexts". British and American Studies. 22: 101–110.
  2. ^ Adami, Esterino (2015). "Review of Solitude House" (PDF). Il Tolomeo. 17: 185–187.
  3. ^ Seoane, Elena (2016). "Telling the true Gibraltarian Story: an Interview with Gibraltarian writer M.G. Sanchez". Alicante Journal of English Studies. 29: 251–258.
  4. ^ Manzanas Calvo, Ana María (2017). "The Line and the Limit of Britishness: The Construction of Gibraltarian Identity in M. G. Sanchez's Writing". ES Review. 38: 27–45.
  5. ^ Gerke, Amanda Ellen (2018-12-16). "Discursive Boundaries: Code-Switching as Representative of Gibraltarian Identity Construction in M.G. Sanchez' Rock Black". Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies. 57 (0). ISSN 1137-6368.
  6. ^ Gabay, Rebecca (2018). "M. G. Sanchez's Bombay Journal. Redressing the Past from the Colonial Present". Kervan International Journal of Afro-Asiatic Studies. 22: 291–294.
  7. ^ Trinchero, Cristina (2013). "La Rocca di Babele: narrazioni e trasformazioni linguistiche in M. G. Sanchez". Ritorno A Babele: Esercizi Di Globalizzazione. Neos Ediozini. pp. 71–81. ISBN 9788866080978.
  8. ^ Albertazzi, Silvia (2018). "A Passage to Gibraltar: Alterity and Representation in M. G. Sanchez". (Post)Colonial Passages Incursions and Excursions across the Literatures and Cultures in English. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 204–216. ISBN 978-1-5275-0630-5.
  9. ^ Team, YGTV. "May 22 - Sanchez Promotes Gibraltarian Writing At University Of Salamanca". Your Gibraltar TV. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  10. ^ "'Gibraltarian Author M. G. Sanchez At The University Of Turin'". Your Gibraltar TV. 15 December 2016.
  11. ^ Balears, Universitat de les Illes. "Language and identity in Gibraltar - Gibraltar - 16-17 - Formació - Cultura - Servei d'Activitats Culturals - Serveis i oficines de la UIB - Estructura - Coneix la UIB - Universitat de les Illes Balears". sac.uib.cat (in Catalan). Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  12. ^ "LVTC - Language Variation and Textual Categorisation". view0.webs.uvigo.es. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  13. ^ "Gibraltarian Author Delivers Lecture About The Gibraltar Border At The University Of Portsmouth". Your Gibraltar TV. 26 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Talking the language of borders at the University of Strasbourg | Gibraltar Chronicle". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  15. ^ Team, YGTV. "Oct 25 - Local Writer M. G. Sanchez Delivers 'Tricontinental' Lecture At The University Of Barcelona". Your Gibraltar TV. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  16. ^ Team, YGTV. "Nov 05 - M.G. Sanchez Discusses Gibraltar And Brexit At The University Of Northumbria". Your Gibraltar TV. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  17. ^ APA (2019-03-15). "Próximos seminários do GI Identidades, Culturas e Vulnerabilidades (ICS-ULisboa) com o tema "Arguing borders in the Mediterranean: a seminar in two parts"". Associação Portuguesa de Antropologia (APA) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  18. ^ "Writing Gibraltar: A personal history | University of Gibraltar". www.unigib.edu.gi. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  19. ^ "Mark Sanchez Speaks At British Association For Modernist Studies Conference". Your Gibraltar TV (YGTV). Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  20. ^ "'Gibraltarian Author M. G. Sanchez Invited To Speak At The University Of Basel'". Your Gibraltar TV. 13 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Kompetenzzentrum Kulturelle Topographien: M. G. Sanchez on Brexit". kultop.unibas.ch. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  22. ^ "Representing Gibraltarianness – Gibraltar Chronicle". chronicle.gi. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  23. ^ "Gibraltar Literary Festival". www.gibraltarliteraryfestival.com. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  24. ^ Sanchez, M. G. (February 2015). "'If you don't write your own stories, others will...'". New Statesman.
  25. ^ Adams, Phillip (5 March 2015). "Life on the Rock of Gibraltar". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  26. ^ "Gibraltar Writer Features In BBC Radio Programme". Your Gibraltar TV. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  27. ^ "Antena Caro - Mark G. Sánchez, escriptor gibraltareny - 26-04-13". antenacaro.cat (in Catalan). Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  28. ^ Sanchez, M. G. (2004). Anti-Spanish sentiment in English literary and political writing, 1553-1603 (PDF) (PhD thesis ed.). Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.