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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Spanish Poet gives local reading

Noreen Egan and Gerard Scott, Sligo Spanish Society pictured with Spanish poet, Julia Piera (centre), who gave a reading of her work at the Yeats Memorial Building.
Noreen Egan and Gerard Scott, Sligo Spanish Society pictured with Spanish poet, Julia Piera (centre), who gave a reading of her work at the Yeats Memorial Building.

This coincided with a special feature in the recent edition of Poetry Ireland Review which focused on Spanish Poetry and Poets, one of whom was Julia Piera. This Spanish themed feature in Poetry Ireland Review was produced with the assistance of the Spanish Cultural Institute, the Instituto Cervantes,Julia Piera was born in 1970 and studied economics and art in Madrid, Bologn



The Sligo Spanish Society, Sol y Sombra, in collaboration with the Spanish Cultural Institute, the Instituto Cervantes, recently hosted a reading of Spanish Poetry by the contemporary Spanish poet Julia Piera in the Yeats Memorial Building.

This coincided with a special feature in the recent edition of Poetry Ireland Review which focused on Spanish Poetry and Poets, one of whom was Julia Piera. This Spanish themed feature in Poetry Ireland Review was produced with the assistance of the Spanish Cultural Institute, the Instituto Cervantes,

Julia Piera was born in 1970 and studied economics and art in Madrid, Bologna and Brighton. She is studying for her doctorate at Harvard University from where she has already holds a Masters in Literature. To date she has published two books: Al vértice de la arena ( At the vertex of the sand, 2003) and Conversaciones con Mary Shelly ( Conversations with Mary Shelly). She was introduced to the Sligo Group by Noreen Egan who gave a brief review of her career to date which also includes contributions to some feature articles in El Pais, one of the main Spanish newspapers. Ms. Piera performed her readings against a backdrop of scenes from the Blade Runner (1982) film directed by Ridley Scott. This marked her unique personal style of poetic delivery, she chose the Blade Runner film which deals with the topic of whether we are all being programmed as part of our education to deliver material in a particular way. This technique of using the backing of a modern film served to emphasise the reading and enhanced the delivery of her material.

Her reading, in both Spanish and English, was followed by a lively discussion where she invited some members of the audience to read from some of her work. As a gesture of appreciation Gerard Scott, Sol y Sombra presented her with a copy of a recent National Library publication on the life of Yeats. As this was her first visit to Sligo it hopefully will give her some pleasant memories of her stay. Following her reading members and guests were able to discuss her work over a glass of Spanish wine.

The next event of the Sligo Spanish Society will be a screening of the Spanish film “ La Communidad” which is scheduled for November 22nd . Members and guests are welcome and further details can be got by contacting any member of the society.















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