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Isabel García Lorca

We all know about Federico García Lorca, but what about his sister Isabel García Lorca?

She was born on the 11st of October 1909 in Granada. She was the younger sister of 4 children. At eight years old her parents entrusted her education to Gloria Giner, wife of Fernando de Los Ríos. 

Isabel began her University studies in Granada in 1929 and she continued in Madrid between 1932 and 1934. There she studied Philosophy and Literature.

With the Civil War she had to exile, first to Brussels and then to the United States, where she was a teacher at the New Jersey College for woman. She was also a teacher at the Hunter College in New York and later at the Sarah Lawrence College. She returned from exile in 1951, and in 1955 she participated in the creation of the Association of University Women. After the death of Franco, her position as a teacher of Literature at the Prado Bazán Institute in Madrid was renamed.

Since 1984, she was the president of García Lorca Foundation, which manages the legacy of his brother Federico García Lorca.

“Tatabel” better known as Isabelita, the bright girl of Federico, the dear friend of María Zambrano, the lighthouse of the Federico García Lorca Foundation, died in Madrid on the 9th of January 2002.

She died as she liked to live: “with the house full of people, all around”.

Isabel reading with her brother Federico



Fuentes: y wikipedia.


Supporting Young Creative People

Antonio Gala’s Foundation launches its annual grant edition (Source)

(Antonio Gala is a Spanish writer.)

“Live for working rather than working for a living” is the motto of the annual grant edition of Antonio Gala’s Foundation for young talents

18 scholarships have been announced for the present edition. They will include accommodation and meals for creators aged between eighteen and twenty-five. Within the foundation, young people work without teachers. They receive visits from established artists who share their experiences. The aim is to enrich one another with the others disciplines. This creative coexistence is what  Antonio Gala defined as “crossed-fertilization”: Young people gather at the end of the day to share progress, concerns, experiences and enrich the writer with the musician, the musician with the sculptor, the painter with the sculptor and so on.

The ultimate goal is to provide these young talents -each in their respective discipline: fiction, poetry, theater, music composition, painting, sculpture …-, with the development of a creative project during the academic year 2016-2017. As a novelty, the Foundation has announced an extraordinary grant for researching on a specific aspect of Antonio Gala work and personality.
The scholarship includes a stay at the headquarters of the Foundation from October 2016 until June 2017, in Cordoba, Spain. There will be holidays during two weeks at Christmas period (December-January) and Easter. Accommodation, meals, as well as the material and the necessary spaces for residents to develop their creative work, will be provided by the organizers.
Applicants from Spain may send their documentation in print -except that which by its nature requires other support-, to the address: “Call for applicants from Antonio Gala Foundation for Young Creators 2016-2017” , C / Ambrosio Morales, No. 20. 14003 Córdoba.
Those from another countries  can be made in the same way, or by submitting all documentation in PDF to “” email.
The deadline for submitting applications wil be the 31st March 2016.
The final list of selected candidates will be posted on the web page throughout the month of June 2016.
Further information, any questions or concerns will be attended at (+34) 957 487 395 or email

Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud

Celebrating Book Day: Federico García Lorca

lorcaWhen Lorca was murdered by Franquist officials, they burned/burnt his books. They wanted to wipe out any trace of Lorca’s existence. Like many other Spanish people, his body has not been found and is probably in a mass grave.

Audio. MF (teacher) reads out a bio on Lorca at, a US American Poetry website, and makes a couple of brief comments. Listen here:

Articles. Here is a recent article published in British The Guardian newspaper. And another article

Website. Casa-Museo de Lorca. Museum-House


We couldn’t find a video where Lorca’s poems are read with an Andalusian accent. 😦 Please, let us know if you do!