Tribute to Chilean Poets Gabriela Mistral & Pablo Neruda
Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957), Chilean poet and diplomat, was the first writer from Latin America to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945. To mark the 70th anniversary of this historic milestone, and to complement the special focus on translation and language at Bocas 2015, the festival will host a special exhibition produced by the Embassy of the Republic of Chile. Paying tribute to the work of Mistral — born Lucila Godoy Alcayaga — will be Chilean poet Gustavo Barrera Calderón on Wednesday 29 April, 11:30 – 12:30pm. Exhibition open daily thereafter in the Library Atrium.
Pablo Neruda (1904 -1973) was “the greatest poet in any language” according to the great Colombian writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. For a poet who many thought to be the finest in the Spanish language in his lifetime and who received the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature, he is not well known to the English reading public. This is mainly because only a modest part of his work has been translated into English. A small accompanying Pablo Neruda exhibition will be on view during the festival, also courtesy the Embassy of the Republic of Chile.
Exhibitions courtesy the Embassy of the Republic of Chile and open daily in the Library Atrium from 29 April – 3 May 2015.
Gustavo Barrera Calderón’s participation supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Chile and Norton Lilly.