This February 20th, London has an appointment with one of the most important figures of 20th century Spain, recalling the biography of a man whose life wandered between top-level politics and the violin.
Together with journalist and writer Jimmy Burns Marañón they will document the life of the Anglo-Irish Hispanist and founder of the British Council in Spain.
Their work pays homage to a figure who dedicated his life to teaching, music and writing, the author of travel books such as “Raggle-Taggle: Adventures with a Fiddle in Hungary and Romania” (1933), as well as the sequels “Spanish Raggle-Taggle” and “Don Gypsy”.
Among them he inaugurated the Chair of Spanish at Trinity College, Dublin (with such notable alumni as Samuel Beckett), and in Spain – during Franco’s reign following the Spanish Civil War – he took on the responsibility of being the British Council’s first representative.
Stepping beyond the man himself, the biography delves into Starkie’s life to offer a portrait of a man who was never without his violin, a passionate traveller and a prominent figure in the study of the Roma people, whose language he also came to master.
Reviewing the life of this great man also involves a journey across the history of the 20th century: beginning with his native Ireland’s struggle for independence and arriving at the shores of Europe, Hungary and Romania at the dawn of the First World War.
Date: 20th February. Time: 18.30. Location: Auditorium, Cervantes Institute, 102 Eaton Square London SW1 W9AN.
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(Translated by Tara Balfour – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)