The writer Ana Alcolea is the winner of the latest edition of the Premio Cervantes Chico [Young Cervantes prize], awarded by the city hall of Alcalá de Henares to distinguish a Spanish author whose work consists of children’s and juvenile literature.
Born in Zaragoza in 1962, Alcolea is a graduate of Spanish and English Philology; since 1986 she has worked as a secondary school teacher.
The jury pointed out “the capacity to transmit emotion in a language of great literary quality in the frame of very well constructed stories”, according to a press release by the Alcalá city hall.
On Alcolea’s career, …, the jury underlined “the capacity to combine her work as a teacher with that of a writer, and her close contact with the educational centers where she transmits enthusiasm for reading.”
In 2011, Alcolea won the VIII Premio Anaya de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil with La noche más oscura [The darkest night]; in 2009 she published her first adult novel, Bajo el león de San Marcos [Beneath the lion of San Marcos].
Other well-known works by the author are:
Donde aprenden a volar las gaviotas [Where gulls learn to fly]
El retrato de Carlota [Carlota’s picture]
El medallón perdido [The lost medallion]
Cuentos de la abuela Amelia [Stories of grandma Amelia]
El bosque de los árboles muertos [The forest of dead trees]
Created in 1992 and without any financial reward, the Cervantes Chico prize seeks to give value to the work of Spanish authors specialized in a genre that hardly receives any recognition.
Alcolea’s personal blog is written in Spanish only.
Although amazon.com lists some of the above titles with their English translation, probably none of Alcolea’s works is available in English; the Library of Congress holds five of Alcolea’s books in their original Spanish version.
SOURCE: El Mundo, July 15, 2016