Conchita GarSantiago is a Sydney-based writer who was born, grew up and studied in Spain. After finishing at the tourism school in Valladolid, Spain, she decided to go to London to learn English. Her knowledge of the British capital at that time was quite limited and the great cosmopolitan city daunted her by its magnitude and was fascinated  by its variety of culture. After some time in England, where she acquired a degree in English at Cambridge University and another at the London Business School, she met her Australian husband and so it was that she ended up in this beautiful country. Perhaps it was the beauty of the surroundings that prompted her to start writing. She did several writing courses, and also participated in and created different writing groups.

Her stories have been published in different websites and local magazines, such as The Village Observer, where in 2017 she won the yearly award with the competition “A hundred words.” The same year, she participated and won in the British competition The Monkey Collective.  

Conchita has also contributed to anthologies, including “Hope” where she supplied two short stories, and “Weaving Words” which featured her stories “Aunty Tessa” and “The Rings.”.

Her greatest achievement has been her book “A Cry for Home”.

“A Cry for Home” relates the story of a family living in  Spain during the Spanish Civil War. After the army has arrived to their town, they’re forced to leave because  Luis – the head of the family – is a well-known socialist and fears for his own life and the lives of his family – his wife, two young daughters and mother-in-law. They start on a frightening journey where they have to face the horrors of the war.

 

Articles by Conchita…

Our first author event was fabulous

Our first author event was fabulous

Maria P Frino organised the first Sydney Authors Inked event at the Little Big House in Summer Hill ... Read More
It rained on our parade – Market Day

It rained on our parade – Market Day

Several writers braved wet, wintry weather to display their books at Sydney's Summer Hill Markets ... Read More
Book signing: 19th March

Book signing: 19th March

Conchita Gar'Santiago will be signing books the 19th of March at Gould's bookshop ... Read More
Self-publishing talk at Baulkham Hills Library

Self-publishing talk at Baulkham Hills Library

Author Conchita GarSantiago will be among the writers discussing self-publishing at Baulkham Hills Library on 14 November ... Read More
doll standing on brown leaves

The Doll

A child's doll teaches an important lesson about gratitude ... Read More
shallow focus photography of red flower

A name

What is in a name? That, which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet ... Read More
"IT" - a poem set to music

“IT” – a poem set to music

I have a poem I wrote some time ago for which a friend of mine, composer Heidi Arapa,  made beautiful music ... Read More
Writing about other cultures

Writing about other cultures

Do you have the right to write about a country or culture that isn't your own? Knowing. It's the key word. Not where your passport says you're from ... Read More
The Monkey Collective

The Monkey Collective

In 2017 I won a short story competition run by Lane Cove magazine The Village Observer ... Read More