GRACIA IGLESIAS (English)

Spanish writer, storyteller and actress.  She has published four poetry books: “Sospecho que soy humo” [I suspect I am of smoke] (2002), “Aunque cubras mi cuerpo de cerezas” [Though you cover my body with cherries] (2004) (both awarded with significant literary prizes), “Distintos métodos para hacer elefantes” [Different methods to make elephants] (2006) and “Gritos verticales" [Vertical cries] (2010). She is the author of the poems included in the folder of etchings by Luis Feito “Tiempo de luz” [Time of light] (2004).

Among other prizes, Gracia Iglesias has been awarded with the poetry prizes “Gloria Fuertes”, National “Miguel Hernández” and “Luna de Aire” (for children’s poetry), and she was a finalist for the prizes “Vicente Presa” of poetry and “Hucha de Oro” of narrative. Some of her poems, narrative texts, and art criticism essays have been translated into English, Japanese, Italian, Catalan, Galician and Basque, and her name is included in more than fifty anthology books in Spain, Italy, England, Mexico and Japan.

In the field of children's literature she has published the poetry book titled “El mundo de Casimiro. Memorias de un saltamontes” [Casimiro’s World. Memoirs of a grasshopper] (awarded in 2010 by the CEPLI –Centre for Studies and Promotion of Reading and Children's Literature–); the novel “El Tren de los Ronquidos” [The train of snoring] (2010); the picture books “Mono Lolo” [Monkey Lolo] (2008), “Los Meagrada” [The Ilikiters] (2011. Also Italian version), “Huevos y patatas” [Eggs and potatoes] (2012), “El dragón de la chimenea” [The dragon of the fireplace] (2014), “Subasta extraordinaria” [Extraordinary auction] (2014), “Felipe tiene gripe” [Felipe has the flu] (2015) and “Moustache” 2015); and more than a hundred texts (tales, poems and small theatre plays) included in teaching methods for Kindergarden (“Papelillos”, “El Jardín de las Letras” [The garden of the letters], “Popete” and “Pompas de Jabón” [Soap bubbles]) published by the publishing house Algaida. Coming soon three more picture books will be published by the publishing houses Jaguar, Kalandraka and La Fragatina, and will also come an illustrated tale by Nandibú.

Her poetry is linked to her interest in other artistic expressions like painting and theatre, what leads her, since 1999, to participate in performances, workshops, storytelling and other activities where different aesthetic codes converge. And since 2008 she combines her work in these areas with her profession as storyteller and actress. She has performed in many different institutions of Spain, England, Austria, Germany and Iceland.

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