María Sánchez Rodríguez, FPdGi Arts and Literature Award

The winner was chosen for “her work as a poet, writer and activist in defence of rural culture, and particularly the forgotten role of women in the countryside”. The winner’s name was announced this morning during a virtual event.

María Sánchez (Córdoba, 1989) is a field veterinarian and writer. She currently works with native breeds at risk of extinction, advocating alternative forms of production and of connecting with the land. She regularly appears on radio and in digital and print media talking about literature, feminism, extensive livestock farming and the rural culture and environment. She coordinates different projects, such as Almáciga, an open and collaborative vocabulary bank from our rural areas in the different languages found across Spain that are in danger of being lost forever. 

As a literary author, her poems have been translated into Portuguese, English, French, Romanian and Polish. She has won various prizes, among them the Spanish Institute of Youth’s National Youth Award for Culture for having contributed to “raising awareness in an exemplary and innovative way of the need to maintain country ways of life” with her poetry. With her books Cuaderno de campo (La Bella Varsovia, 2017), Tierra de mujeres (Seix Barral, 2019) and Almáciga (GeoPlaneta, 2020), the author has opened up new narratives that highlight the value of our rural areas. 

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