My book is a call to strengthen the bonds that unite us

Published by Austin Macauley, supported by an Arts Council England grant and with photographs by the excellent Deborah Jaffe, my first book, “Cuban, Immigrant, and Londoner” hits the shelves this week.

Somewhere towards the end of my book, I write “This is what writing from an EAL immigrant’s perspective represents…

Three tips for new writers on Medium on how to mint it

I’ve been on Medium since at least 2016. As a seasoned writer on this platform, I’d like to share some of my expertise, especially with those who are new to this online publication.

Harking back to the times when claps were the way to earn a pretty penny around here…


The late photographer’s modus operandi should be a source of inspiration for all writers

“I shall be Marlene”. Whether Freddie Mercury uttered those words or not (yet another apocryphal story about Queen’s flamboyant frontman), the truth is that the band’s second album cover became iconic overnight. …


Have we learnt our lesson yet?

This is a photo from the “before” times. Before we started the well-rehearsed and almost-professional zigzag pavement dance around each other, avoiding sudden bursts of coughing and non-stop sneezing. Before we began clapping for carers, whilst the Conservatives crapped on them, on their demands for PPE and safeguards. Before PPE…

Writing Reading

And why I, as a first-time published author, will be promoting my book at them

What have Irish poet Seamus Heaney and African-American novelist Toni Morrison got in common? Their books are amongst many I have bought at independent bookshops over the years.

Newly arrived in Britain more than two decades ago, I remember the excitement of venturing into an indie bookshop on West End…

Memoir Non-Fiction Autobiography

Petticoat Lane in east London and an immigrant’s memory-building

“Talking to yourself can be useful. And writing means being overheard.” Zadie Smith, “Intimations”

More than being overheard, we writers hope that our readers will eavesdrop on our conversations. Even when there’s no other interlocutor but our reflection on the mirror. We don’t want to be read by accident, but…

Mario López-Goicoechea

London-based, Cuban writer. Author of “Cuban, Immigrant, and Londoner”

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