(María Pilar Jiménez Aleixandre - Madrid, 1947)
all the cities and towns where I have lived: Ceuta (the lemon
tree in our yard); Doña Mencía (setting out at dawn with my
father to eat figs); Madrid (Areneros' film club where I first
saw "Freaks"); Vigo (the blooming mimosas in December); Santiago
de Compostela if I were ever to leave it, and even other cities
where I never or just briefly have lived: Donostia, Perugia,
Boston. Thanks to Ramón Facal I have a very particular relationship
with Toba, Cee and with the Costa da Morte (Death's Coast)
the imaginary landscape from some of my books as "The lame
ant" and "Wolfs in the islands", and I belong to the Literary
Battalion from the Death's Coast.
fortunate to receive a good rock'n'roll upbringing attending
Ángel Álvarez's "Caravana" in the late 60s; in the week days
I studied Biology, and I came to establish a rather intense
relationship with beetles. In the first 70s I began to teach
Science, what allow me to buy a motorbike. Now I teache Science
Education and Environmental Education in the University of
Santiago de Compostela.
believe that writers lead an adventurous life, but I never
travelled on a sledge through the Arctic, although I hope
to do it some day. Waiting for it I write poems, short stories
to write -besides reading- by writing pamphlets and articles
for journals of underground parties (all of them, when I was
studying). My first short story was a vampires' tale, later
reworked as "Waiting for the bats" (in "Anthology of Galician
fear stories" Galaxia 1996), but I lingered a long time before
publishing "The lame ant". Then came "The Pacific Expedition",
based on a real journey, which received the Galician Critics'
Literary Award in 1995 alternating with fiction for adults:
"Grammarians' Passageway" a story about Santiago Pilgrims,
and "Wolfs in the islands" (Xerais 1996, in Spanish Lumen
2001). My last book for youngs, "The band without a future"
received the Lazarillo Award in 1998. To write makes possible
to let others enter into worlds that we imagine.