Curator #193: Tim Parfitt

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I’m Tim Parfitt and I have been living in Sitges, Barcelona, since 2007. I combine that with regular trips back to the UK for various meetings.

I have worked in the media (mainly in magazine publishing) since 1978. I worked for Condé Nast in London for 10 years (they publish Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour, House & Garden, Interiors, Condé Nast Traveller, among many other titles). I was then sent by Condé Nast to Madrid in 1988 to ‘help out’ on the launch of Vogue España for 6 weeks. I stayed for 9 years and became the ‘Consejero Delegado & Editor’ of Ediciones Condé Nast, also launching GQ España, among other titles. It was a very interesting time to be in Spain. We printed the magazines in Catalonia, and so I was frequently in Barcelona – and I was lucky to attend several events during the 1992 Olympics. My first book, ‘A Load of Bull: An Englishman’s Adventures in Madrid’, relates that time of my life. It was also published in Spanish by Almuzara under the title, ‘Mucho Toro – las tribulaciones de un ingles en la movida’. All the reviews and other information can be found on my blog link here: http://timothyparfitt.com/blog/category/books/

After a period back in London, I returned to work in Barcelona in 2007, as Director General of Prisma Publicaciones, which at the time was jointly owned by Grupo Godó and Grupo Planeta. We published a number of newsstand titles (including Lonely Planet, Interiores, Historia y Vida, Psychologies, Grazia and even Spanish Playboy) – as well as a number of supplements for La Vanguardia newspaper. I left the group at the end of 2012.

In the past 4 years, I have been working on a number of media & entertainment projects, both in Spain and the UK. I have also recently completed a crime-thriller novel entitled ‘The Barcelona Connection’ (shortly to be announced), which is the first in a trilogy. The first book is in advanced development as a TV series, being set up as a UK-Spain co-production, of which I am also an Executive Producer.

During this week as @catalanvoices curator, I might tweet several things about the comedy scene in Barcelona – especially as I am seeing (and interviewing) Eddie Izzard performing in Spanish in Barcelona on Tues 22 Nov. I am also participating as a judge in the Barcelona International Comedy Festival on 24 & 26 Nov (http://www.barcelonacomedyfestival.com). Comedy is a subject close to my heart. During 2013, for some crazy reason I performed stand-up myself in Barcelona, Madrid, London & New York, culminating in four ‘shows’ of 45 minutes each at the Edinburgh Fringe. I kept a blog about it all (link: http://timothyparfitt.com/blog/2013/09/26/standing-up-17-edinburgh-barcelona/). It was a great experience, but not something I’d necessarily repeat!

I am on Twitter (@TJParfitt), Instagram (@TJParfitt) on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tjparfitt), Linked in (https://www.linkedin.com/wvmx/profile?trk=hp-identity-wvmp)

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