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You are in: Home > 2007. 55th Edition  > Awards and Jury Members > Altadis-New Directors Award Jury > ESPIDO FREIRE

Espido Freire was born into a Galician family in Bilbao on 16th July 1974. She studied music from childhood, going on to take singing lessons and wrote her first literary texts in her early adolescence.

She graduated in English Literature from Deusto University, where she similarly passed a Diploma in Editing and Publishing. While at university, she attended a number of literary workshops, sparking her interest in the educational side of literary creation. She also founded and coordinated a number of magazines.

Espido debuted as an author with Irlanda (1998), winner of the Millepage Prize, followed a year later by Donde siempre es octubre (1999).

That same year, she landed the Planeta Prize for her work Melocotones helados, making her the youngest winner in its history.

After the essay Primer amor (2000), she returned to writing novels with La última batalla de Vincavec el bandido (2001), her only work for young readers, followed by El tiempo huye (2001), winner of the NH Short Stories Prize; a book of poems Aland la blanca (2001) and the novel Diabulus in musica (2001). She also has two books of short stories: Cuentos malvados (2003) and Juegos míos (2004), plus the essays Cuando comer es un infierno (2002) and Querida Jane, querida Charlotte (2004), about the life and work of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters.

Nos espera la noche (2003) continues the trilogy started with Donde siempre es octubre. In 2005 she published the novel La diosa del pubis azul with Raúl del Pozo.

Her last work published to date, the essay Mileuristas, la generación de los mil euros (Ariel), appeared on the shelves in October 2006.

Her latest novel, Soria Moria,winner of the Seville Ateneo Award 2007, is due to be published mid-October 2007.

In addition to her prolific literary production, she collaborates with different media. This year she has collaborated with Cadena Ser, the El Mundo newspaper, Cuatro, Romantic&Chic and Paramount Comedy. She currently continues to work with Onda Cero, Yo Dona, the ADN newspaper and the Psychologies review.


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