Elías Cabeza unites literature and solidarity in his first book

The writer from Porcunense, awarded in 2019 by the Ministry of Equality, publishes Stories. Time travelpart of whose profits go to ‘Ask me for the Moon’

“A starting flag that gives me hope”. This is how he defines Elias Cabeza Heredia (porcuna1957) Stories. Time travelhis first bookwhich last Thursday he presented at the Town Hall of his native municipality.

A sort of solitary (and supportive) debut after seeing the publication of the winning story of the contest convened by the Council for Equality of the Board in 2019, an experience that inspired all the spirits in the world to take his creative hobbies and his passions a little more seriously. desire to share his inner world with readers:

“Although the story was published to me, the feeling of having this book in my hands is different. You see your name on the cover, the photos (which are also mine)… It’s a different situation after winning with that first story, which It was an unexpected thing, a bet and also a great responsibility before the people who appear in the text, even if they do so with their names changed, because they know who they are”.

With these wickerwork, Cabeza places himself fully in the catalog of provincial authors and he does so with an original proposal in which prose and poetry coexist and with the noblest of purposes: to help those who need it:

“I do not intend to get rich with what I write, among other things because I do not have literary height for that, but I do want to help and that a part of the profits from the sale go to the association Pídeme la Luna, for children with cancer”. “There is no good that does not delight us if we do not share it”, they say Seneca said.

Prefaced by a published text for this newspaper a couple of years ago, when he surprised with the prize received, there they are Time travelthe story that opens this edition, and Scholarshipan autobiographical text that, from what they tell him, is moving the staff as soon as it falls into their hands, to the point of identifying intensely with the experiences that the writer narrates: his departure from Porcuna to enter a boarding school in Baena and all what remains to be captured in that piece that he defines as “incomplete”, open to new lines that already come together in his imagination to have them ready and leave them black on white now that retirement gives him more moments for himself… Or! not!:

“I have retired, yes, now I have more time to write, but I also collaborate with the store of the NGO Madre Coraje, and with the Jaén City Council in the Jaén habitable city project with the elderly… With that and with the mountains, which I like a lot, time is running out”, he says.

A few days well spent that allow him to combine literature and solidarity, the two passions of this lover of letters who has room to work on what will be his first novel, an ambitious dream with a hundred percent Jaen accent:

“It will start from the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa; I am still in it, but the historical novel requires a lot of research, it is slow,” he explains. Didn’t the great Juan Ramón Jiménez write that “the greatest murderer in life
is the rush”? And isn’t it also true that in this way, without haste, he came to win the Nobel Prize…?

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Elías Cabeza unites literature and solidarity in his first book