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Tasks of the Miguel Delibes Foundation

The Foundation aspires to be an extension of Miguel Delibes: an institution that the society can recognize and identify with the author, otherwise his existence could not be understood. Therefore, our tasks and activities are related to his life, his profession and the values of Miguel Delibes. 

The strategic planification takes care of the legacy of the author, for this purpose the foundation develops certain activities in the field of literature, teaching and journalism, but also engages in the protection of the environment and the support of underprivileged people, values that always were fundamental for Miguel Delibes. 

Areas in which the Miguel Delibes Foundation is active: 

  1. Literature 
  1. Teaching & divulgation 
  1. Journalism 
  1. Protection & conservation of the environment 
  1. Social inclusion and cultural extension 
  1. Internationalisation 

Literature 

The Miguel Delibes Foundation takes witness of the author in order to create activities that are related to his facets as author; profession he pursued his entire life. Due to this reason, talks and conferences are held, exhibitions and publications are developed, and tributes are paid. 

2019: 

Exhibition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino.  

In this exhibition there are 21 drawings in total, 20 of them were made by Miguel Delibes for the northern American edition of El Camino that was published in 1960. A little time afterwards, a new drawing was added -the sixth of this exhibition- for the edition of the novel, published in London in 1963. 

It shouldn’t fall into oblivion that in 1941, Miguel Delibes obtained his first job as a cartoonist for El Norte de Castilla, a newspaper from Valladolid he always was bound to and directed from 1959 until 1963. The drawings the author did for El Camino are characterised by the sharpness and security of the execution and a certain naivety that suits perfectly with the content of the novel that tells the story of a boy called Daniel, el Mochuelo, who remembers experiences, games and antics with his childhood friends. 

Even though the main aim of this exhibition is to show a rather unknown facet of Miguel Delibes, the one as a cartoonist or illustrator of his own work, certain parts of the novel of El Camino accompany the drawings. The exhibition also counts with complementary material, such as translations, different editions of the novel, photography… 

Toro (Zamora): The exhibition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino made its first stop in 2019 in Toro, Zamora. Tomás del Bien Sánchez, mayor of Toro and Elisa Delibes, president of the Miguel Delibes Foundation were present at the inauguration. 

Dates of exhibition: 5th of February – 1st of March 2019. 

Place: Casa de Cultura. Calle de la Corredera, 18. 49800 Toro (Zamora) 

Burgos: In order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Miguel Delibes primary school in Burgos, panels of the Miguel Delibes illustrator-exhibition were displayed in the hallways of the school. 

Dates of exhibition: 2nd of April – 12th of April 2019. 

Place: CEIP Miguel Delibes. Calle Victoria Balfe, 15, 09006 Burgos. 

Sonseca (Toledo): The exhibition Miguel Delibes Illustrator. The Drawings of El Camino, created by the Miguel Delibes Foundation, in cooperation with the town hall of Sonseca and the reading club of the association “Amigos de Antonio Cerrillo”, was inaugurated the 30th of April 2019 at 1pm in the Villa María Building. 

Dates: 30th of April – 21st of May 2019. Times: 7pm – 9.30pm. Free entry. 

Place: Building Villa Maria, Sonseca, Toledo. 

Nava del Rey (Valladolid): The exhibition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawing of El Camino, created by the Miguel Delibes Foundation, in cooperation with the town hall of Nava del Rey and the primary school Miguel Delibes, was inaugurated the 3rd of May 2019, in the town hall of this municipality. The samples, consisting of 21 drawings and the corresponding texts of the novel, could be visited from the 3rd of May till the 19th of May 2019. 

Dates: 3rd of May – 19th of May 2019. 

Place: plenary room. Town hall of Nava del Rey, Valladolid. 

Rueda (Valladolid): The exhibition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawing of El Camino, created by the Miguel Delibes Foundation, in cooperation with the town hall of Rueda and the Route of the Wine of Rueda, was inaugurated the 13th of September of 2019, in the tourist office of this municipality of Valladolid. 

It consisted of the 21 drawings Miguel Delibes did for the northern American version of El Camino. Every drawing gets completed with the corresponding part of the novel. Furthermore, the exhibition also counts with complementary material, such as translations, different editions of the novel, photography… 

Dates: 13th of September – 29th of September 2019. 

Place: Tourist office of Rueda. Calle Santísimo Cristo, 106. 47490, Rueda (Valladolid). 

Times: Wednesday and Friday: 8.30am-2.30pm & 4.30pm-6.30pm. Thursday: 8am-3pm. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10am – 2pm. Free entry. 

Santander: The Miguel Delibes Foundation, in cooperation with the educational centre for adults “Escuelas Verdes” inaugurated the exhibition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino. 

During the act of inauguration Elisa Delibes Castro y Fernando Zamácola Feijóo, president and director of the Foundation, respectively, and Marina Lombó Gutiérrez, education counsellor of the Government of Cantabria participated. 

Dates: 26th of September – 30th of October 2019. Times: Monday to Friday, 8am – 8pm. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Place: Educational centre for adults Escuelas Verdes. Calle Enrique Gran, 39003 Santander (Cantabria). 

Santovenia de Pisuerga (Segovia): The exhibition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino, created by the Miguel Delibes Foundation, in cooperation with the town hall of Santovenia de Pisuerga and the cultural association Trébol, was inaugurated the 20th of November 2019, in the public library of this municipality, at 7.30pm. 

Dates: 20th of November – 15th of December 2019. Times: Monday to Friday: 10.30am – 2pm & 5pm-8pm. Saturdays: 11am-1pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays. 

Place: public municipal library of Santovenia de Pisuerga. Parque el Remuel. Calle Real, 47155 Santovenia de Pisuerga (Valladolid). 

Exhibition Hunting Images with Miguel Delibes 

This sample consists of a selection of 40 images out of 120 photos Francisco Ontañón took to show the work of Miguel Delibes’ book „El libro de caza menor“, published in 1964. 

Curated by José María Parreno, the exhibition is completed by a bibliographic selection, letters, journalistic articles and personal haunting objects of the author. 

It should be highlighted that the photos do not only depict moments of the hunting ambit, but also group photos or images of landscapes and the rural world at that time. 

Miguel Delibes himself wrote in the prologue of this work that this is “a book that the photographer Francisco Ontañón has supplemented with lively illustrations, that have a certain eloquence and expressivity that are hard to find.” 

Valladolid: the photographic sample “Hunting images with Miguel Delibes” could be visited in Valladolid from the 27th of February till the 31st of March 2019. 

Dates and times: 27th of February – 31st of March 2019. Tuesdays – Sundays and holidays from 12pm – 2pm and 6.30 pm – 9.30pm (Mondays closed). 

Place: Casa Revilla, Calle Torrecilla, 5. 47003 Valladolid. 

Ciudad Real: the photographic sample “Hunting images with Miguel Delibes” can be visited in Ciudad Real from the 20th of December till the 30th of May 2020 in Ciudad Real. 

Dates: 20th December 2019 – 30th of May 2020. More information: https://cultura.castillalamancha.es/museos/nuestros-museos/convento-de-la-merced 

Place: Museum Convento de la Merced. Plazuela de los Mercedarios. 13001 Ciudad Real. 

Exhibition Five Hours with Mario. Fifty years of history 

Organised by the Miguel Delibes Foundation in cooperation with Biblioteques de Barcelona, this exhibition, curated by Amparo Medina-Bocos, summarizes the history of the novel Cinco horas con Mario (Five hours with Mario) over 50 years. Many will be reminded of certain moments of their lives, and the younger audience will get the chance to approach a world that might be unknown for them, even though not too far away in time. 

The exhibition shows documents, letters, photos, press sections, studies and translations of one of the most read and translated novels of Miguel Delibes, adapted for theatre and interpreted by Lola Herrera, that lead to a big success among the audience. 

Tordesillas (Valladolid): After exhibiting in Valladolid, Madrid and Barcelona, the exposition “Cinco Horas con Mario. Cincuenta anos de historia” made a stop in Tordesillas (Valladolid). A journey through the history of one of the most read novels of Miguel Delibes, that got adapted for theatre with a very positive reaction from the audience. 

Dates: 30th of May – 15th of July 2019. 

Place: Casas del Tratado. Calle Tratado, 1. 47100 Tordesillas (Valladolid). 

Alcobendas (Madrid): After exhibiting in Valladolid, Madrid, Tordesillas and Barcelona, the exposition Cinco horas con Mario. Cincuenta anos de historia visits the Espacio Miguel Delibes in Alcobendas (Madrid). 

At the inauguration, that took place on the 9th of October 2019 at 11am, Rafael Sánchez Acera, mayor of Alcobendas and Elisa Delibes de Castro, president of the Foundation Miguel Delibes were present. 

Dates: 9th of October – 7th of November 2019. 

Place: Espacio Miguel Delibes. Avenida de la Magia, 4, 28100 Alcobendas (Madrid). 

2018: 

Exhibition Miguel Delibes Illustrator. The drawings of El Camino 

In this exhibition there are 21 drawings in total, 20 of them were made by Miguel Delibes for the northern American edition of El Camino that was published in 1960. A little time afterwards, a new drawing was added -the sixth of this exhibition- for the edition of the novel, published in London in 1963. 

It shouldn’t fall into oblivion that in 1941, Miguel Delibes obtained his first job as a cartoonist for El Norte de Castilla, a newspaper from Valladolid he always was bound to and directed from 1959 until 1963. The drawings the author did for El Camino are characterised by the sharpness and security of the execution and a certain naivety that suits perfectly with the content of a novel that tells the story of a boy called Daniel, el Mochuelo, who remembers experiences, games and antics with his childhood friends. 

Even though the main aim of this exhibition is to show a rather unknown facet of Miguel Delibes, the facet as a cartoonist or illustrator of his own work, certain parts of the novel of El Camino accompany the drawings. The exhibition also counts with complementary material, such as translations, different editions of the novel, photos… 

Burgos:  

Dates: 1st of February – 11th of March 2018. 

Place: Real Monasterio de San Agustín. Calle Madrid, 24. 09001 Burgos 

Valladolid: 

Elisa Delibes and Javier Ortega inaugurated the exhibition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino at the school Nuestra Senora de Lourdes. Each year, this educational centre dedicates a day to pay tribute to Miguel Delibes and in this occasion, it gets completed with the samples lent by the Miguel Delibes Foundation. 

Dates: 12th – 26th of March 2018. 

Place: School Nuestra Senora de Lourdes. Calle Paulina Harriet, 22. 47006, Valladolid. 

The exhibition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino also made a stop at the Zorrilla Theatre of Valladolid, from the 18th of September till the 14th of October 2018. 

The sample was composed by 21 drawings that Miguel Delibes did for the American version of the novel El Camino and every drawing got completed by a certain text-part of the novel. Furthermore, the exhibition also counts with complementary material, such as translations, different editions of the novel, photos, facsimiles of the manuscript, the edition-contract and the cinematographic script. 

Dates: 18th September – 14th October 2018 

Place: Sala de Exposiciones del Teatro Zorrilla, Plaza Mayor, 9. 47001, Valladolid. 

Molledo (Cantabria): The exposition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino exhibited in the cultural centre Evaristo Silió in Molledo, Cantabria, from the 18th of July till the 15th of September 2018. 

The sample was composed by 21 drawings that Miguel Delibes did for the American version of the novel El Camino and every drawing got completed by a certain text-part of the novel. 

Dates: 18th of July – 15th of September 2018 (prolongated until the 28th of September) 

Place: Cultural Centre Evaristo Silió Plaza la Bolera, 8. 39430 Molledo (Cantabria). 

Benavente (Zamora): The exhibition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino created by the Miguel Delibes Foundation in cooperation with the department of culture of the town hall of Benavente, Zamora, showed the exhibit items from the 14th till the 30th of November 2018 in the public library of the cultural centre Soledad González of Benavente, Zamora. 

The sample was composed by 21 drawings that Miguel Delibes did for the American version of the novel El Camino and every drawing got completed by a certain text-part of the novel. Furthermore, the exhibition also counts with complementary material, such as translations, different editions of the novel, photos, facsimiles of the manuscript, the edition-contract and the cinematographic script. 

Dates: 14th – 30th of November 2018 

Place: public library, Paseo Soledad González, 3. 49600 Benavente (Zamora). 

Talk “Keys for the lecture of El Camino” 

Due to the exhibition of Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino, the professor Amparo Medina-Bocos gave a talk named “Keys for the lecture of El Camino”. 

Date: 1st of March 2018. 

Place: Royal Monastery of San Agustín. Calle Madrid, 24. 09001 Burgos. 

Conference One day with the children of Miguel Delibes 

Due to the exhibition of Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino, created by the Miguel Delibes Foundation and deputation of Valladolid, the professor Susana Gil-Albarellos gives a conference called One Day with the children of Miguel Delibes. 

Date: 2nd of October 2018 

Place: Sala Experimental, Teatro Zorrilla, Plaza Mayor, 9. Valladolid. 

Exhibition Hunting Images with Miguel Delibes 

This sample consists of a selection of 40 images out of 120 photos Francisco Ontañón took to show the work of Miguel Delibes’ book „El libro de caza menor“, published in 1964. 

Curated by José María Parreno, the exhibition is completed by a bibliographic selection, correspondence, sections of the press and personal haunting objects of the author. 

It is important to highlight that the photos do not only depict moments of the hunting ambit, but also group photos or images of landscapes and the rural world at that time. 

Miguel Delibes himself wrote in the prologue of this work that this is “a book that the photographer Francisco Ontañón has expelled with lively illustrations, that have a certain eloquence and expressivity that are hard to find.” 

Toledo 

Dates: 1st – 24th of February 2018 

Place: Cultural Centre San Clemente, Plaza Padilla, 2, 45002 Toledo 

Zamora 

Dates: 2nd of March – 15th of April 2018 

Place: Public library of Zamora, Plaza Claudio Moyano, 49001 Zamora. 

Almazán (Soria) 

Dates: 27th – 29th of April 2018 

Place: Recinto Ferial del Parque de la Arboleda, Alamazán (Soria) 

Exhibition Five Hours with Mario. Fifty years of history 

Organised by the Miguel Delibes Foundation in cooperation with Biblioteques de Barcelona, this exhibition, curated by Amparo Medina-Bocos, summarizes the history of the novel Cinco horas con Mario (Five hours with Mario) over 50 years. Many will be reminded of certain moments of their lives, and the younger audience will get the chance to approach a world that might be unknown for them, even though not too far away in time. 

The exhibition shows documents, letters, photos, press sections, studies and translations of one of the most read and translated novels of Miguel Delibes, adapted for theatre and interpreted by Lola Herrera, that lead to a big success among the audience. 

After exhibiting in Valladolid and Madrid, the exposition made a stop in Barcelona from the 12th of April till the 29th of May 2018. 

Dates: 12th of April – 29th of May 2018 

Place: Library Jaume Fuster. Plaza de Lesseps, 20-22, 08023 Barcelona 

Exhibition Common homeland. Delibes illustrated 

After exhibiting outside the Spanish borders in numerous headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes, the exhibit returned to Spain in 2016, where it could be visited in Zamora and Valdepenas (Ciudad Real). 

In this occasion, the exposition could be visited in the Espacio Miguel Delibes in Alcobendas (Madrid), from the 15th of October until the 28th of November 2018. The exhibition showed the work of fifteen Spanish illustrators that got inspired by the work of Miguel Delibes and that got completed by twenty drawings, made by Delibes himself for the American edition of El Camino. 

Dates: 15th of October – 23rd of November 2018 

Place: Espacio Miguel Delibes, Avenida Magia, 4, 28100, Alcobendas (Madrid). 

Second round of literary encounters: “The allies of literature: music” 

The museum Casa de Cervantes and the Miguel Delibes Foundation worked together in order to foster the culture of our city, Valladolid, we programmed a new cycle of encounters with literature. This time the interaction between music and literature were the protagonists. 

The allies of literature: music, is the title that gives name to the four encounters, that were organized with the aim of showing the collusion that exists between music and literature, seen from different angles and perspectives, with a special focus on Miguel de Cervantes and Miguel Delibes, the two mentors of the institutions that propitiate this activity. 

First encounter:  

 Conference: Antón García-Abril, composer and musician, who held a talk with Germán Vega about “music, film, literature and Miguel Delibes” 

Date: 19th of February 2018 

Place: Sala Francisco de Cossío, Casa Revilla, Calle Torrecilla, 5. 47003, Valladolid. 

Second encounter: 

Conference: Begona Lolo, history of music professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, who talked to Germán Vega about Quijote, music and utopia. 

Date: 26 of February 2018 

Place: library of the museum Casa de Cervantes. Calle del Rastro, Valladolid. 

Third encounter: 

Conference: Ana Zamora, theatre director. Nao d’amores, who talked to germán Vega about Literature and music in scene. 

Date: 15th of February 2018 

Place: Library of the museum Casa de Cervantes, Calle del Rastro, Valladolid. 

Fourth encounter: 

Conference: Emilio de Miguel, Spanish literature professor at the university of Salamanca, who talked to Germán Vega about the “literary commitment of today’s music: Joaquín Sabina” 

Date: 12th of March 2018 

Place: Library of the museum Casa de Cervantes. Calle del Rastro, Valladolid. 

Activities related to the 20th anniversary of El Hereje 

In order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of El Hereje, the cultural association El Trebol of Santovenia de Pisuerga organised several activities, collaborating with the Miguel Delibes Foundation. 

  • The “first literature workshop El Trebol”, organised for adults, focussed on the novel in which we can find several references to the locality through the character of Minervina, one of the protagonists of the novel. 

The activity also counted with two conferences in the assembly hall of the town hall: 

  • Germán Delibes de Castro held a conference the 16th of March, called Miguel Delibes outdoors, where a semblance of the life and work of Delibes was shown by his son. 
  • Ramón García held another conference on the 6th of April under the name of “El hereje: fifty years of “deliberian” narrative” 

The commemorative acts ended the 26th of April, with the discovery of an honorary plate in order to pay tribute to Miguel Delibes and El Hereje. 

Conference: Miguel Delibes outdoors, by Germán Delibes de Castro 

Date: 16th of March 2018 

Place: assembly hall, town hall of Santovenia de Pisuerga (Valladolid) 

Conference: El hereje: fifty years of “deliberian” narrative 

Date: 6th of April 2018 

Place: Assembly Hall, town hall of Santovenia de Pisuerga (Valladolid) 

26th old book fair 

The Miguel Delibes Foundation cooperated with this edition of the old book fair, that took place from the 23rd of March till the 15th of April 2018, with the donation of several books. 

Dates: 23rd of March till the 15th of April 2018 

Place: Paseo Central Acera de Recoletos, Valladolid. 

Book presentation “the witch Leopoldina and other true stories” from Miguel Delibes 

Edited by DESTINO, this edition brings together the autobiographic narrations of Miguel Delibes that were already published in Mi vida al aire libre and tres pajaros de cuenta. 

The 256 pages-long edition, is accompanied by La Bruja Leopoldina (The witch Leopoldina), a small unedited story, written and illustrated by Delibes at the young age of 18. 

Date: 26th of April 2018 

Place: National library, Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22, 28001, Madrid 

Book-presentation Un paseo por los mundos de Delibes (a walk through the worlds of Delibes), of Luciano López 

Published in cooperation with Los libros de la Catarata, the author of this book states that it should serve to “understand the universe of the author and his own agonizing world. In sum, help to comprehend in an exact sense what Delibes said, keeping the linguistic, geographic and literary sense in mind.” 

Even if the essay is directed to the people interested in learning more about Castilla, the Castilian language and the work of Delibes, it also is an invitation for everyone who hasn’t dealt with Delibes yet to do so now and approach him and discover his worlds, immortalized in his works and the topics that define him as a writer. 

Madrid:  

Participants: Luciano López (author of the book), Amparo Medina-Bocos (reviewer of the text) and Javier Ortega (director of the Miguel Delibes Foundation at that time) 

Date: 16th of May 2018 

Place: Casa del Libro, Calle de Alcalá, 96, 28009 Madrid 

Burgos:  

Participants: Luciano López (author), Javier Ortega (Director of the Miguel Delibes Foundation) 

Date: 30th of October 2018 

Place: Palacio de la Isla, Paseo de la Isla n1, 09003 Burgos 

51st Book fair of Valladolid 

The exhibition Miguel Delibes illustrator. The drawings of El Camino got exhibited at the Pabellón infantil of the book fair of Valladolid at the Plaza Mayor, from the 1st until the 10th of June 2018. 

The sample was composed by 21 drawings that Miguel Delibes did for the American version of the novel El Camino and every drawing got completed by a certain text-part of the novel. 

Dates: 1st – 10th of June 2018 

Place: Pabellón infantile. Book Fair. Plaza Mayor, 47001, Valladolid 

Conference “the works of Miguel Delibes” 

Germán Delibes and Javier Ortega participated in this conference, organised by the educational centre of adults (CEPA) Villa del Duero, Tordesillas, about the works of Miguel Delibes. 

Dates: 6th of June 2018 

Place: assembly hall, town hall of Tordesillas. Plaza Mayor 1, 47100 Tordesillas, Valladolid. 

Literature seminary  

Literature seminary of the Miguel Delibes Foundation in collaboration with the Language centre of the University of Valladolid and the faculty of philosophy. 

Dates: 11th of June 2018 

Place: assembly hall Lope de Rueda. Faculty of philosophy. Plaza Campus Universitario, 47011, Valladolid 

Talk: Miguel Delibes: his human side 

Elisa Delibes, president of the Miguel Delibes Foundation, held a conference about the human side of Miguel Delibes, organised by the town hall of Cigunuela (Valladolid), in cooperation with the Miguel Delibes Foundation. 

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