Ángeles García-Madrid

Ángeles García-Madrid (1918 – present)   Born in Torrejón de Ardoz, just outside Madrid, Ángeles grew up in the city. At the age of 13 she began working as a dressmaker to bring in money for the family, during which she became interested in poetry after a client showed her an original poem.   Aged…

“All of Spain was a prison”: Female prisons under Franco

During the Civil War (1936-1939) and the Francoist dictatorship (1939-1975), prisons across Spain housed thousands of women for (suspected) political dissent. Franco’s prisons were typically single-sex institutions. Although some were equipped with facilities such as individual cells, bathrooms and showers, and even, in the case of Ventas, a library, these facilities were infrequently usable. Rather,…

Pilar Fidalgo

Earlier this week I wrote a little post about the short text A Young Mother in Franco’s Prisons (1939) written by the little-known Pilar Fidalgo. After searching online, I have really struggled to find any information about her, but here is a brief summary of her life. Pilar Fidalgo Carasa was born in 1903 in the town…