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Film and music with Brenan

Gerald Brenan.
Gerald Brenan. / SUR
  • The event will begin with the screening of the film, South from Granada, based on Brenan's book of the same name, and continue with a round table session and piano recital

The Gerald Brenan Cultural Association in Churriana (ACGB) has organised a special dual-language seminar on one of Gerald Brenan's most celebrated works today, Friday 22 December.

The event will begin with the screening of the film, South from Granada, based on Brenan's book of the same name.

The film, by award-winning Spanish film director, Fernando Colomo, is an autobiographical account of Brenan's life in Yegen, the small village nestled in the Alpujarras in Granada where he settled in 1920.

Brenan had just been demobbed when he went in search of a cheap place to live where he could study and become a writer. The young Englishman spent his time reading, writing and catching up on an education which he felt he had missed by not attending university. Despite the remoteness of Yegen, Brenan's contact with the Bloomsbury Group, of which he was a fringe member, continued and his book recounts the visits of Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington.

Following the film, which will have English subtitles, a informal roundtable will be held to discuss the importance of Gerald Brenan's work and his association with Spain. The event will be chaired by Lola Ortega Muñoz, president of the ACGB, and the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions to a select panel of British and Spanish writers and journalists that specialise in the culture and customs of Andalucía.

The event, which is free, will be held in the Sala de Actos in the El Corte Inglés, in Avenida de Andalucía, Malaga.

The film, which lasts for almost two hours, will begin at 5.30pm and the roundtable will commence at 7.30pm and last for one hour.

The evening will finish with a special piano concert performed by Malaga pianist, Julián Laguna Vicioso, who will perform a selection of festive music.