Spanish literati to popularise anti-fascist poet

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16 August 2005, MADRID — The Spanish literary establishment was honouring one of its best-known anti-fascist poets who died in prison during the Franco dictatorship.

16 August 2005

MADRID — The Spanish literary establishment was honouring one of its best-known anti-fascist poets who died in prison during the Franco dictatorship.

Some three dozen Spanish literati and historians are putting the final touches on a government-backed project intended to spread via globe-spanning digital radio the work of Miguel Hernandez.

'Radiopoesia', a project of the Miguel Hernandez Foundation set to launch on the anniversary of the poet's birthday on 30 October, is also designed to become a forum for both established and aspiring poets.

The show, which will be heard at www.radiopoesia.com, will also present interviews, hold contests and will play songs with lyrics written by Hernandez, as well as his poems.

The project is being supported by the Spanish culture ministry and has as its aim spreading the work of Hernandez, who died in prison in 1942.

The head of the foundation, Juan Jose Sanchez Balaguer, told EFE that Radiopoesia "will be directed quite a bit toward Hispanic America," and he added that the organization had been in contact with different communications media in Cuba, Miami and Argentina.

Sanchez Balaguer said that the show will be "very participatory" and will try to move closer to "new poets" so that they can get their work more widely known.

The team making up the Radiopoesia project is mainly comprised of 37 historians and philologists, and they have said that once the effort is under way they may work together with other figures in academic culture.

On the digital radio show will be heard some of Hernandez's poems read by authors including Portuguese Nobel laureate Jose Saramago and Spanish singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat.

Hernandez was arrested several times after the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War for his Republican sympathies. Imprisoned under harsh conditions, he eventually died of tuberculosis.

Much of his most celebrated work, hailed for its power and simplicity, was produced in jail.

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Subject: Spanish news

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