ERNESTO J. RODRÍGUEZ ABAD (1955, LOS SILOS)
In Los Silos, Tenerife, he started dreaming of words. He used to listen to the elders’ stories, tales, and romances. The mountains and the sea casted a mysterious spell on him.
He currently teaches at the University of La Laguna, where he graduated in Spanish Philology and in French Philology as well. Rodríguez Abad continued studying literature and theater in countries like France, Italy, and Tunisia. He has taught in several faculties: Journalism, Education, History, Philology, and Economics. He has also imparted knowledge in the Master of Arts in Children’s and Young Adult Literature at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. Furthermore, Rodríguez Abad has been invited by such a university, at the Cuenca’s campus, in 2020, and by the UNAM in Mexico, in 2019.
His research activity focuses on folklore, children’s and young adult literature. He is a member of research groups of the University of Castilla La Mancha and of the University of La Laguna. He has imparted numerous seminars, courses, conferences, together with art festivals and book festivals in European, American, and African universities.
In 2014, the FIDAL Foundation in Quito (Ecuador) presented him with the “Nous” Award, as a result of his educational and cultural career. In 2019, the City Hall of Los Silos granted him with the honorific distinction of naming the town’s library after him: Biblioteca Ernesto Rodríguez Abad.
His passion for words has made him publish more than fifty books and direct multiple plays, some being classical recreations, and others being of his own creation. His style oscillates from the poetic to the social critique. Irony, humor, and mystery are mingled in order to forge a really definitory style.
Rodríguez Abad has also produced and created different radio shows, festivals, and workshops related with education, literature, and art.
Traducción: Federico Martín