Melcion Mateu presents “Illes Lligades”, winner of the Barcelona Jocs Florals Award 2014

The award-winning poet will appear in La Central del Raval on Tuesday the 11th of November accompanied by Jaume Ciurana, Marc Romera and David Castillo

On Tuesday the 11th of November at 7 pm in the bookshop La Central del Raval, Melcion Mateu will present his new volume of poetry, Illes Lligades, the winner of this year’s Jocs Florals, or Floral Games Award. The poet will be accompanied by Jaume Ciurana, Barcelona’s Deputy Mayor for Culture, Knowledge, Creativity and Innovation, Marc Romera, editor of LaBreu Edicions, and poet and literary critic David Castillo.

Melcion Mateu was born in 1971 in Barcelona, the son of Majorcan parents, lived for some years in Manhattan, New York, and currently resides in Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catalina Island, in Brazil. His fourth volume of poetry, Illes Lligades, roughly translatable as “Connected Islands”, is a reference to the numerous islands that have formed part of his life.

With his debut volume, Vida Evident, the author, who also works as a translator and literary critic, won the 1998 Octavio Paz Award. Since then he has published Ningú, petit and Jardí amb cangurs and his work has appeared in magazines and collections and has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, English, Russian and Slovenian.

Illes Lligades was selected from among 90 volumes presented for this edition of the Jocs Florals, which also included a presentation of a Special 1714 Memorial Award to Manual Riera. This is the 155th edition of the poetry competition which dates back to the Middle Ages and was restored in 1859 by Antoni Bofarull and Victor Balaguer during the Catalan Cultural Renaissance.

The presentation of the volume Melcion Mateu’s Illes Lligades will take place in the bookshop La Central del Raval on Tuesday the 11th of November beginning at 7 pm. Entry is free and more information is available here.

Publication date: Monday, 10 November 2014
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