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3rd March 2022

Upper School Spanish students enjoy talk by Dr Stephen Roberts on Spanish playwright and poet

Form 6 A-level and Higher Level IB students of Spanish were very privileged to have been invited to Oundle School to hear Dr Stephen Roberts from the University of Nottingham deliver his talk on Spanish playwright and poet, Federico García Lorca.

Lorca is arguably Spain’s most famous poet and dramatist, and an icon of its culture. He is the author of a series of innovative works that changed the face of Spanish poetry and drama, and is of particular relevance to our students as he is the author of the 6th Form Spanish and IB Higher Level exam literary text, La Casa de Bernarda Alba.

During the evening, Professor Roberts gave a fascinating overview of Lorca’s life, inspiration and work, which is all detailed in his new book, Deep Song: The Life and Work of Federico García Lorca.

Dr Roberts also gave a moving personal account of his time in Andalucía when he immersed himself in his research providing a unique insight into this complex and brilliant man and the works that made his name.

Dr Roberts spoke about Lorca’s roots and his work in the places in which Lorca had lived and died: the countryside where he spent his childhood; the Granada and Madrid of the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s where he was educated and first achieved success as a writer; and the mountains outside Granada where his body lies in an undiscovered grave.

A fascinating evening and an unforgettable experience.

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