On Thursday April 27th 2017, we celebrated the 19th edition of St. Paul’s International Literary Prize.
The ceremony was chaired by José Luis Gallego, both journalist and writer, he is one of the 10 most influential people in Spain in matters relating to the environment. He has published more than 20 books on environmental awareness, many of which are aimed at children and young people.
José Luis revealed to us during his speech how literature was an escape from the boredom of his childhood working-class neighborhood, bringing him closer to unsuspecting worlds and realities.
The books led him into a world of nature and wildlife. He realized immediately that it was stirring something within him, revealing a passion for it. He delved deeper through these books and biographies that would later evidence in his work such as: Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente, David Attenborough, Jacques Cousteau, etc… Before realizing it, Jose Luis Gallego himself was considered as relevant as those whose work he had admired.
Now it is he who inspires future generations to take care of our wonderful planet.
After so many years through literature, José Luis Gallego emerged from humble beginnings and immersed himself in an unknown and exciting reality. A reality that transformed him.
Through his work: scripts of his radio programs, books, articles, and the countless conferences; he continues to inspire and transform the realities of so many others.
A great example of why the written expression is important. It is an extraordinary incentive to continue with the Literary Prize, for the sole purpose to spread the literary word among the students of the school and the young people of the world.
We are approaching the 20th edition, many years of enthusiasm and shared efforts by everyone will make 2018-19 a very special celebration and we invite you all to participate!