«The root is not in a town, it is in each one of us»

the core of San Jose of the Rinconada remains – despite its growth and its populous nature – the neighborhood of La Rinconada. Born in the shelter of train station and sugar factory, accumulates history and stories that fill its past, its present and its future with life. As a walk through its trace streets Jenny Espinola the particular history of two of its neighbors, to extrapolate it to the trajectory of this core and town in which it is his first book, ‘An exciting walk through my neighborhood of San José de la Rinconada’with which he arrived this Tuesday at La Estación de las Letras.

The work is based on the premise of “knowing where we come from in order to know who we are”. With this, the author – teacher and opponent – ​​created a material with which Teach your students local history through two real neighbors, his uncle Antonio and Juani, a friend and almost another member of the family. As workers in the sugar factory, and using different enclaves in San José, Espínola traces a route that combines historical milestones with emotional history of these family members.

The Los Silos Civic Center was packed to accompany Espínola in the presentation of his first book (Photo: Francisco J. Domínguez)

History from official sources and the story of his family

In its pages is “the great sugar family”, emerged inside the factory and spread by those first working-class neighborhoods, with ties maintained to the present day. There is the Almonazar stream, the floodsthe urban growth and the rise of the town, the change of physiognomy. There are fiestas, the ups and downs of an era with more difficulties, but with more unity. A life in a cleaner and healthier environment”. He supports his book in the documentation in the work of the local historian Manuel Alfonso Rinconalthough “the most special source was the dialogue with my family and my grandmother”, of which he gets excited when talking about his absence.

At 25, he has few memories of the factory in operation, which closed in 2008. However, treasure the vicarious experience of anecdotes, stories and experiences that her family has been transmitting to her, and that she has taken it upon herself to perpetuate. That is why she assures that writing this book has been “a way of teach what that life was and let it remain”.

«The root is not in a town, it is in each one of us»

The young corner woman spoke of the tribute to her family that this book represents (Photo: Francisco J. Domínguez)

Tribute to the people and families who have given life to the town

But at the same time it is a tribute “to my family and my grandparentswho have taught me many values”, especially “the humility and empathy” that run through this book from the stories of working people, which is what gives shine to the people. “For methe beauty of San José is above all its people”.

That town that Antonio and Juani live and stroll through is no longer the same as in their stories. The sugar bowl has disappeared, urban planning has been modernized, the residents in the neighborhoods have changed, while new ones have been born. But its essence, forged on that common vital trajectory, remains. “The root is not in a town or in a landscape, it is in each one of us”, assures the author in the book. The root are memories, sentimental and emotional heritage that throughout the generations has been creating a deposit in each person. And that as long as it continues to be remembered and honored, it will be a firm root capable of sustaining the municipality. In this sense, the cover of Espínola’s work, created by the local artist Laura Henswhere the silhouettes of the two protagonists they collect inside different enclaves of their neighborhood.

«The root is not in a town, it is in each one of us»

The journalist Esther Pérez accompanied the author to unravel the feelings embodied in the work (Photo: Francisco J. Domínguez)

‘Esprim, Spring Scenarios’ Festival

At La Estación de las Letras not everything is about books, as this pioneering program in Andalusia also adds to its extensive content the festival ‘Esprim, Spring Scenarios’. Of the May 11 to 15 the performing arts will take to the streets, specifically to the Creative Factory square in the Dehesa Boyal parkin the core of San José.

The Creative Factory Rock Classroom; the theatrical fable with company animals Owl Theater; juggling mixed with flamenco, classical music and rock in ‘Devil Classic Metal’; the acrobatics and circus acts of Circus Carpa Diem with ‘Sweet Salty’ and the cats’ interest in flamenco with the puppets of Tiriti Traun Traun and ‘A patio with a lot of art’ make up this five-day outdoor program. Proposals aimed at all audiences, but focused especially on the childhood and adolescencebecause “in La Rinconada we start from the vision of the benefits of the performing arts have in terms of the growth of the human being”, according to the municipal delegate for Culture, Raquel Vega.

This street call coincides from Wednesday to Sunday with the book Fairwhere bookstores and publishers show their novelties in the aforementioned park, bringing authors closer to the public and carrying, between the scene and the lyrics, the culture to all corners of the municipality. It is, in the words of Raquel Vega, “community social culture and proximity service”.

Jenny Espinola will be there signing his work on Sunday. A first book that she hopes to continue – when she finishes the exams and gets her teaching position – with a second volume “focused on the testimonies of the people of the townso that the writing experience remains eenriching”.