Xosé Carlos Caneiro

Category: Writer
Birth Date: in 1963
Birth Place: Verín (Ourense)

He took a degree in Geography and History and Teaching (speciality: Galician language, Castilian language, French and Social Sciences). He is the coordinator of the Centre of Permanent Education for Adults ('RA-DIO ECCA') in Verín (Ourense).

 Work & Activities

In 1984, he published his first poetry book titled O esculpido sorriso dos teus beizos. He won the following prizes: Poetry prizes: -'Celso Emilio Ferreiro', 'Cidade de Ourense', 'Xohán Carballeira' and 'Rosalía de Castro' for his books Da túa ausencia (1991), Estación Sur (1994), A Valga do triste amor (1997) and the selection of poems No tempo das cereixas. Narrative prizes: -'Xerais' for the novel O infortunio da soidade (1992). -'Breogán' for Bette Davis, por favor, which is included in Loias, lucérnulas e outras historias no fío de Monterrei (1995). -'Ourense' for the story O caso de Horacio Solveira, included in the book Historias no fío de Monterrei - 1988. -'Castelao' 1996 for Trinta e sete días sen verte, Laura, included in the book Unha liña no ceo, 58 narradores galegos - 1996. -'Monte da Condesa' 1996 for Zapatos de cristal, blues, which was published in 1997 by Santiago University. -With his work Un xogo de apócrifos-1997, he got the following prizes: 'Torrente Ballester' (1996) and National Criticism Prize (1998). He was also finalist of the National Narrative Prize (1998). The novel was published in Castilian language in 2000 within the collection 'ESPASA NARRATIVA', translated by Rodríguez Baixeras. -In 1999, he won the 11th edition of 'García Barros' Prize with his novel Tal vez melancolía. -In January 2000, he won ?Lueiro Rey? contest for short novel. -In March 2000, he won the First 'Risco' Prize with his novel A rosa de Borges. -In May 2000, he won 'Manuel Murguía' Prize with his book As flores en Irlanda. Journalism Prize: -In October 1999, he won 'Xosé Aurelio Carracedo' Prize (journalism). He also got grants from the Consellería de Cultura of the Xunta the Galicia for poetry (1990), novel (1992) and short novel (1994). In 1996, he was the only Galician narrator who got a grant for literary creation from the Ministry of Culture with his novel Os séculos da lúa. He collaborated in some studies about Language and Literature and wrote books such as Antoloxía da Literatura Galega, Letras Galegas and Unha semana e media de teatro. He translated into Galician language the theatre plays O auténtico Oeste by Sam Shepard, Dani e Roberta by John Shanley, Parella aberta by Darío Fo and O Contrabaixo by Patrick Suskind. He coordinated the book Contos e lendas do val de Monterrei that will be published very soon. He also published the book O buscador de nada in 1991, which is a collection of essays and journalistic articles and A nave... in 2000, which is a text that reflects the beauty of Allariz, a small village in Ourense. He has also collaborated in several collective books, poetry or narrative selections and different magazines. In December 1997, he published a story anthology titled Estado permanente de fracaso. In April 1999, he also published the poetry book ¿Aínda soñas con piratas? and the novel Os séculos da lúa. - The publishing house DTV (Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag) in Munich-Germany, which usually publishes books bu Eco, Virginia Wolf and Javier Marías, has got the rights in German of his books Ébora and Un juego de apócrifos.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He has been taking part in seminars about Galician Language and Literature for some time, as member and coordinator. Since 1981, he has collaborated in many newspapers such as Tempos novos, El País, Diario 16, Península and Faro de Vigo. Nowadays, he usually collaborates in La Voz de Galicia. He is the coordinator of the magazine 'A Reccamara' and one of the authors of the book A Memoria de Ourense (1999). He has also given many Language and Literature courses and lectures in meetings and congresses, as well as poetry reading, acompanied by several musical groups.