As part of its Mes del Poesía (poetry month), the Foreign Residents Department at Benalmádena town hall hosted a special day in honour of the popular Spanish children's poet, Gloria Fuertes. The event was held in Arroyo de la Miel on Tuesday and was attended by Ana Scherman, Benalmádena councillor for Foreign Residents.
A group of more than 20 Spanish language students, including British, Russian, Danish, Polish and Iranian, took part in the event, each reading one of the poet's most popular works.
Norin Kenny, who moved from Dublin to Benalmádena in 2005, read La Pata Mete la Pata, a poem about a noisy duck and a piglet.
“We participated in last year's recital and we also attend the Spanish language courses. It is a lovely way to integrate and learn about Spanish culture,” Norin told SUR in English.
Organised by language tutor Ana Torres, the event included a talk about the poet's life and work.
Born in Madrid in 1917, Gloria Fuertes was linked to the 'Generation of 50', the first Spanish literary movement after the Civil War. She defended equality, pacifism and the fight for the environment. She became popular during the 1970s following her collaboration on children's television shows.
“This is a cultural day to let everyone know about our rich Spanish poetry. It is very difficult for the students, because the reciting is complicated in another language. I feel very proud of all of them, because they all put the greatest effort into it, Ana explained.