Sunday 4th February 2018
Gran Hotel Benahavís****Spa
Set in the elegant surroundings of the Gran Hotel, Art in Action 2018 showcased the work of 32 talented artists.
With the emphasis on Young People the exhibition pulsed with activity. Unbelievably the standard in the Young Artists’s Competition just gets higher and higher.
Winner of the Young Artists’ Competition, 1st Yasmina Mojtar Mhani, Age 12, Swans International and her painting will feature on the front cover of our Programme Brochure 2018-2019.
Yasmina presented a vivid Pop Art inspired image of a make- up artist whom she discovered on-line.
Yasmina paints so passionately, handling colour so confidently, that it’s hard to imagine she only started to paint a few months ago – that she nearly didn’t enter our competition!
2nd place: Polina Zograt, Age 14, Swans.
3rd place: Maria Yanygina, Age 13, Laude, San Pedro International.
Two further works were highly commended by the judges:
Richard Mamaladze, Age 12, of The British International School Marbellla and Teodora Yolava, Age 13, of Mayfair International.
Outdoors the local junior rock band, Devils in the Sky, drew the crowds, while Paco Alarcon’s art workshop inspired over more than 50 youngsters with the joys of paint and clay.
New this year the Writer’s Corner displaying local talent – and inviting entries for the Start A Novel Competition – also set the creative juices flowing.
The winning entry was by Val Vassay. Val is a writer who has had letters and articles published in local newspapers and international magazines, but winning the “Write the First Paragraph” competition is her first fiction success. She also proofreads and types novels for other writers.
I’d never have believed it but I’d escaped! I waved to my family as the overnight train to King’s Cross pulled out of the Waverley. Thank God – no more church on Sundays, no more wondering what to do with myself every TV-less night. I was gonna go to every disco, pub, cinema, party I could get into. I was gonna do anything as long as it was completely different from the first nineteen years of my life…
“I’d never have believed it but…”
Here he was, sitting on my sofa, looking at me with a demand in his eyes for more tea and cinnamon biscuits of course. Oh did I mention ‘he’ was an alien that climbed down from the super moon two nights ago and walked in through the patio door. He has no intention of going anywhere and the dogs like him so I suppose he can stay. Hope he knows how to wash up… AZ
I recognised that woman on the bus. With her greying hair tied back in a bun, wearing an old man’s raincoat she should have been unrecognisable. The last time I saw her she was standing in the middle of a stage in Los Angeles, the audience on their feet shouting ‘JAZZA! JAZZA! Throwing flowers to her. She had the voice of an angel, and the looks of a glamorous film star. I vaguely remember some awful scandal – hadn’t she been involved in someone drowning in a swimming pool? Whatever, it had been enough to reduce her to this – an old woman on a bus… JR
When she had gone I actually missed her – the most annoyingly irrational person I’d ever had the misfortune to meet. ‘Everything happens for a reason’ she ‘d say cheerfully whenever I was fuming with indignation over something I saw on the news about the wicked or just plain stupid action or statement of some self-appointed guardian of public morals. ‘No things happen because people are wicked or stupid!’ I wanted to say, but never did… SH
George was celebrating his one hundred and seventyfifth birthday. I had mis-read the invitation ‘Make an Old Man Very Happy’ it said ‘Join me at the Gran Hotel for my 175th’. Seventy five, I said to Jon over my morning tea and toast – he doesn’t look a day over fifty. I wonder what his secret is? I wish I’d never asked… MR
The train was on time! Just as I sat down my phone range – it was Mike. He sounded upset but I couldnt hear him properly as we were just going through a tunnel. When we came out all I could make out was ‘accident’ and ‘bus’ . I went cold – the school trip was today… GM
Old Miguel knew a thing or two and saw the world go by now from his street seat. We talk of football and I tell him, it is still possible at 90 years – ‘We have walking football for us old men’. ‘But how can I play with my stick’, he gestures to his walking stick and bent legs. ‘Well’, I say, ‘you can play with your stick. But if you touch the ball with it, or anyone else – It’s a foul’… KM
The crew carried him up the hill from the ship to the hospital more in hope than expectation. But he was dead. The doctors said so. In the cemetery at Gibralter, I kicked aside the long grass and could just make out the faded inscription – Capt William Norrie, died at sea 18th August, 1916. Perhaps it would have been more fitting had he been buried at sea because he was born at sea, on board a family ship in Yokahama Bay 1886. Now what we wanted was to investigate the mystery of his life in the years between… JN
The howling became more intense and more frequent. I saw the pack flitting through the trees. I held the silver locket. Inside was a tiny photograph: ‘Peter’. I had kept it since losing him. Suddenly I heard a faint knocking coming from the attic. Just like the night before. There it was again, rhythmic and constant, tap, tap, tap…. DM
My life was about to change forever. I was used to the noise and bustle of the prison but nothing had prepared me for ‘C’ block. Thick walls had stood for 100 years and spoke of brutality, crying, and regrets. In this block for women, Claire lived in cell 3. As her new psychologist I knocked on the cell door… DM
No one gets passed Fearless Freddie without me knowing. Not Tough Skull Sven, musclesmax, or Springy Spirou. This is a Mexican stakeout – so, who is this little minx? Slim, trim, tight curls, bright eyes – hey chica, chica. Hi its me Freddie, ola, ola, Chica – Yap! Yap! Sniff, Yap! Everyone leaves their mark!… JB
When attracted by a shout, I turned, a six foot soaking wet chicken launched itself in my direction; with an ungainly rolling gait, feet splatting in the puddles as it advanced. I cluched my handbag to my side. I guessed I would out run it. Miss! Miss! Its me! Slowing I turned towards the lumbering fowl and wondered which of my errant ex pupils was in pursuit… MPC
I stood at the entrance, a 16 year old boy from Eastbourne as virgin and innocent as new sheeps wool, surrounded by some of the toughest looking tattooed embossed backstreet boys from the backstreets of Liverpool and Glasgow of which, I had been warned, more than half were Ex Borstal, and permanently looking to prove how tough they are. This was the Merchant Navy Training Camp, designed specifically to make you give up and go home, because when you are at sea..you cant! … CG
Someone had stolen my eyes, I knew because I couldn’t see. I was totally blind. I felt sticky wet blood on my chest, my heart had gone too, as well as my liver and kidneys – I dreaded to think where my genitals were. I hate hospitals! … DW
I was once more enjoying the familiar sounds of this place where so many memories reminded me of the homely scents, the happy, loving voices reaching my ears like the water from a spring, calming my soul with light … AH
….estaba nuevamente disfrutando de los sonidos habituales de este lugar que tantos recuerdos me ha traido el aroma a hogar, las voces alegres y amororas llegaben a mis oidos come un manantiel que calmaba mi alma de luz… VJ
DEMONSTRATIONS, DISPLAYS, WORKSHOPS
Francisco Alarcón Pérez Tel: 659 626 510 Web: www.behance.net/FrancAlarcon
The Ultimate Party Machine Web: ultimatepartymachine.com
Devils in the Sky – Junior Rock Band
Venancio Sanchez – Sculptor Tel: 680 528 599 Email: www.venanciosanchez.com
Totem Ceramics Tel: 952 887 364 Web: www.totemceramics.com
Anne Charrière – Distressed furniture Web: www.annecharriere.com
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YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION – PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
Mayfair Academy, Marbella
Contact: Annie Palace Tel 952 784 923
Swans School, Marbella
Contact: Mike Foley Tel 952 773 248
Laude San Pedro International College
Contact: Gillian Marie Rennie Tel 952 799 900
The British International School of Marbella
Contact: Sian KirkhamTel: 952 779 264
DI BEACH – THE OCEAN VOYAGER AND ME
What began as an aide-memoirs for Di’s two daughters became a tale of youthful swashbuckling. Today, between writing and running her award-winning hotel in the Serrania de Ronda, she wields recipes and local ingredients with the same exuberance as hoisting sails aboard Mojo.
MARY CAINE – A NOVEL CONSPIRACY
Mary Caine is a keen member of The Benahavis Arts Society. She considers herself an amateur who writes for pleasure. She also enjoys hiking, dancing, singing and the occasional Ladies lunch.
ALVA HOLLAND – SHORT STORIES AND FLASH FICTION
Alva comes from a large Irish family and many of her stories are written from personal childhood and family experiences. Having also lived in countries with varying cultures, her writing also reflects this diversity.
ROBINA LAMBERT – DOLMENS AND DUENDE
Robina is passionate about Andalucía. She is fascinated by its culture and traditions. Fluent Spanish helped her integrate with the local community and, when not writing or translating, she loves to explore the region and learn about its multi-layered history.
MARION LEIGH – THE POLITICIAN’S DAUGHTER
After twenty years as a translator in Canada, British-born Marion Leigh retired to Spain to write. The first book in her Petra Minx series of thrillers, The Politician’s Daughter, is set on the Costa del Sol.
CHARLES MULLER – THE CAGE AND THE CROSS
Charles Muller is the CEO of Diadem Books. He has written seven novels, mostly with a spiritual background, including The Cage and the Cross, A Twist in Time, An Elusive Sanctuary and, under the pen-name of Callum Gunn, Circle of Deceit.
HELEN O’LEARY – WALTER’S WAR AND THE COMPASSIONATE HEART
It started with letters to The Times (unpublished) and SUR in English (published), then, when she transcribed the World War One correspondence between her father and her grandmother, Helen thought, ‘You could write a book about this.’
LIZ PARRY – PHRASE BOOKS AND SUR IN ENGLISH
Liz’s first ever published article was about joining a dancing class and learning to stumble her way to the end of a sevillana. Since then she has written reams, nearly always on life in Spain.
ROSEMARY ROWNTREE – WHEN GOOD MEN DIE; EARTHQUAKE, WIND, AND FIRE
Rosemary began her first book some years ago, with no thought that it might prove to be the first in a series. She is now working on her third crime novel and enjoys her writing as much in her home in Spain as she does in England.