Biography: Xavier Eguiguren, born in Clemont Ferrand (France), in 1969, the son of Spanish emigrants. In 1978, he returned to Spain, specifically to the city of Valladolid, where he lived until 1989, at which time he joined the Civil Guard Corps.
It highlights the first destination, in Barcelona, followed by places like Eibar, and San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa), these last locations of absolute hostility and chronologically immersed in a bloody stage of the ETA terrorist band. Outline among their destinations other trouble spots such as the Arosa Estuary (A Coruña), Madrid, etc ...
During his stay in Asturias as an agent of the Civil Guard, he has dealt with the protection and safety of victims of gender violence.
He publishes articles on gender violence and bullying in magazines such as, Letras de Parnaso — Cartagena, Mandragora — Chile, on the official website of UNEE (National Union of Writers of Spain); in Atlantica XXII (Thought Magazine).
He has participated as a collaborator in the Radio Television of the Principality of Asturias, in the space "Not one less", addressing real cases of violence against women and children. He has participated in the radio space "Caminos", Asturias X2 program on Radio Television of the Principality of Asturias, together with the historian Álvaro Solano, traveling through history, mythology and literature on the Camino de Santiago Primitivo.
Author of texts on violence, with the titles: "162 orphans" and "School bullying"; works with which he has participated in two editions of the collection: Something to say - Ateneo Blasco Ibáñez de Valencia.
He currently resides in the city of Oviedo. He studies Language and Literature at the National University of Distance Education.
He publishes his first literary work in 2016, entitled «Hell, heaven and earth a green suit»; addresses small remnants of the life of a Benemérita agent and her northern syndrome.
It is part of a project of name, "Educating in Equal Justice" in Asturias, made up of judges, prosecutors and lawyers, together with which it makes presentations at different secondary schools on gender violence. He is part of "Writers for Human Rights" of the Ateneo Blasco Ibáñez in Valencia, he is a delegate of that entity in Asturias.
He has published on travel, the roads of Santiago, terrorism, in the El Monárquico newspaper, Liter Nauta magazine, La Alcazaba, in the Visítame Magazine - New York magazine and in the Long Island daily newspaper - New York. Collaborator in the daily newspaper Oriente and in the newspaper La Nueva España - Asturias. Integrated as coordinator for the European continent of a prestigious International Meeting of Ibero-American Writers in Paris. Delegate of the union of writers of Spain in Asturias; correspondent and columnist for the prestigious magazine Enki - Mallorca in Asturias; columnist in El Pitazo - Venezuela (Newspaper awarded with the Ortega y Gasset Prize 2019, and Gabo Prize 2019).
He publishes his second literary work dated February 2018 with the name "730000 steps on the roads of Santiago", thoughts, landscapes, myths, legends and historical reviews that the author himself finds on the roads of primitive and Portuguese Santiago.
He publishes a third book with the publisher Babidi bú: Dad, count my drawings !, a project used and advised by both national and international teachers for the values it carries. Currently, Dad count my drawings! It is found in national schools in: Asturias, Galicia, Cantabria, Madrid, Aragon, Murcia, Mallorca, Castilla y León; and international in Paris and Panama.
Corresponding Academic Investido of the «International Academy of Sciences, Technology and Humanities» of Valencia, on November 9, 2019.
ONCE UPON A TIME PARIS
Once upon a time there was a city of colorful cover and back cover with cheery text. Once upon a time there was a beautiful dream in which culture enjoyed a happily found insomnia. In Paris, art never sleeps, nor do artists who meet on colored catwalks. Love is intertwined with yellow roses. The sound of the accordions caresses the passer-by's ear. Paris smells of chestnuts. Painting, architecture, sculpture and literature are shown without hesitation. The books get naked showing their infinitely beautiful contents. Sometimes the afternoon sun itself drinks from literary encounters; owns the raindrops that fall from the vertical sky; it is nourished by the humidity that rests on the flowers of the terraces of the Montmartre neighborhood.
Listen to a serenade of poetry. We are in the city of light and some dare with rhymed prose, others are experts in prose, simply. The verses recited by some wandering and despised lover float in the Seine River for an indefinite time. Walk through the streets of the City, Doña Flor María Muñoz Bañales and Gambirasio d'Asseux, founder of the Spanish American Literature Meeting in Paris. He directs his anxious steps to a place decked out and full of books. Selected writers from Europe and Latin America wait happily. They are artists, they are more than masters in the art of braiding words and inventing dreams.
Doña Flor María always smiles. She is a woman of exquisite bearing and restless culture, qualities that are complemented by her beauty.
In the month of September of this year, the illustration will become lines disguising itself as a verb, poetry and poetic prose, it will also appear in the form of a short story, essay and stories of various colors. Guaranteed is a silent and refined procession of books and diverse genres, in a consolidated literary event in Paris, and an inescapable appointment of the literary society of the Spanish-speaking world; a meeting of Spanish American writers and poets.
Culture and glamor will intermingle and coexist in the subconscious of the attendees. We confirm that the sounds can still be seen, and even the colors of the books can be heard, in those literary days that the Countess Gambirasio d'Asseux has organized in previous years, in the everlasting Paris.
It is a great honor for this newsroom to be able to interview Doña Flor María Muñoz Bañales and Gambirasio d'Asseux. The conversation is relaxed, the answers are with a voice adorned with a musical accent that relaxes the soul of the words themselves, we corroborate her work as ambassador of Ibero-American culture in Europe and vice versa. Relentless and tireless diffuser of beauty embodied in all possible fields and formats, such as painting, literature, art in general.
Doña Flor María, was born in Puebla (Mexico), of Basque-Spanish roots, lived in Panama until 1988, tireless traveler, traveled half the world for work reasons, and since the end of 2011 she has established her residence in the city of Limoges.
She is an ambassador of Spanish American culture in Europe; as a diffuser of knowledge, is it born or made?
A.- I consider that it is born, although I was not fully aware until the moment when I could have free time to get seriously involved with culture in all possible formats, through the events that I have carried out and continue to carry out directly or indirectly. I have always felt a love of culture within me. During the years I have spent working in different parts of the world, it was impossible for me to organize any cultural activity of any kind.
Instill the passion for knowledge to the little ones, how?
A.- I have always said that parents are the first ones responsible for instilling a passion for knowledge in the little ones. I am aware that in this modern world both parents work, but it is necessary to find some time to spend with our children. Find quality moments, family privileges, for example: visit a library; encourage good readings; watch a cultural program; play something instructive; that they know the history, because it is very rich in the world.
How did the idea of the Spanish American Literature meeting in Paris come about?
A.- I am very observant, reviewing the cultural activities in Paris, I noticed the absence of events in which Spanish-American writers were concentrated in one place; that it be a meeting less distant and more human than in which many writers who do not know each other coincide; They do not have time to exchange opinions with the other speakers, much less with the public. I think that it is not just about presenting your book, dedicating it, taking a photo and that's it; it is as much about promoting the new writers as it is about rediscovering the consecrated ones, but above all, that cordiality and brotherhood reign, without the ego or rivalry among those present. A place where writers and the public can share a privileged moment; create bonds of friendship and even that future shared projects could arise. After discussing it with my friends, the Panamanian poets: Aura Méndez de Cánova and Javier Alvarado, I launched into this beautiful adventure.
The act that you are organizing took the leap overseas, many writers get in touch with you interested in participating in the meeting. Is it already a cultural reference?
A.- The moment they look for you it is because you are a good reference.
Promote culture throughout Europe and Latin America, tell us, how do you feel when you organize an event?
R.- I feel a lot of adrenaline and I am filled with the joy of being able to present topics that are practically unknown in France. I am very proud to represent the Latin American countries, my roots, my culture. I speak plural first because I was born in Puebla, Mexico; I am the daughter of a Panamanian surgeon and a Mexican Basque-Spanish doctor. I open the doors to all Latin American countries. We are all brothers.
Do different cultural events, we would like to know what topics are you talking about?
A.- The themes vary according to what they ask me, I will mention some of them: the traditional clothing of Panama; the celebration of the day of the dead in Mexico; Latin American literature. Panama: tourism, culture, commerce, investment. The commemoration of the Battle of Puebla. I made a very special one about the Bourbon family in Spain and the Bourbon family in France. Sometimes I present the conferences alone or accompanied by experts such as the renowned historian Philippe Delorme, Professor Eduardo Albero Cano or Claudia Moriamé.
Who will participate and where will the IV Meeting take place?
A.- It is still premature to specify names due to the circumstances that we currently live in the world. I can tell you in advance that I have been asked to confirm the event and I have confirmed it, so if the circumstances do not change, on September 29 and 30 of the current year the 4th Meeting of Hispanic American Literature will be held, which will be in an emblematic place from Paris. I hope it can be implemented, I would not like to use a virtual presentation. There is nothing better than live performances.
What other projects do you have in mind?
A.- I have very interesting and important future projects, but for obvious reasons, I prefer not to reveal data at the moment.
How do you feel after the meeting ends? Tell us your thoughts and feelings.
R.- Exhausted but tremendously happy. I think those two adjectives sum it all up. I want to emphasize that culture must be given the importance it deserves. Our history and roots. The past, the present and the future.
Doña Flor María Muñoz Bañales and Gambirasio d'Asseux, has been kind enough to show us the ins and outs of a beautiful literary gathering. We consider that it has founded a precious path for Spanish-speaking writers: “the path of the Spanish American Literature Meeting in Paris”.
Xavier Eguiguren, European correspondent for Visítame Magazine in New York.
Correspondent in Europe for “Visit me Magazine”.