Maria Barbal



 Maria Barbal was born in Tremp, the capital of Pallars Jussà, in 1949. She explains: «I am a woman. Born in Tremp, and therefore, trempolina. I spent my childhood and first youth in the Pallars region. Hundreds of days in Pallars Jussà and hundreds of hours in Pallars Sobirà.» She considers it a privilege having been able to freely play in the street when she was a young girl and being in contact with rural work and nature: «My parents gave me what they were never able to have: instruction from a young age; but it was the fifties and schools exuded submissiveness, Catalan was ignored. Additionally, as opposed to my parents, I didn’t have to worry about any kind of work that wasn’t studying. My brother and I, like the majority of boys and girls from Tremp, learned to swim in the Sant Antoni reservoir. It’s already vacation time, but the best ones we had were the first years, in Àssua Valley, in my godmother’s house, when sown soil was still there and livestock roamed free. Quite far, as if it were a game without any effort, I got to know the typical summer work. Reaping, making a sheaf, beating… It was the end of an era that, when I turned twelve, had already ended for the house of my mother, during times of large influxes of families from the mountains towards the cities.»

Josep Virós


Josep Virós was born in Llessui in 1905. He left the Pyrenees to study and later worked as a lawyer. In 1929, he became professionally linked to the North American film production company Warner Bros., which allowed him to get to know the world of films very well and to become a keen follower. In 1957, he published the novel Verd madur, closely linked to his homeland and which was translated into Spanish as Siega verde. To write the novel, the author used local Pallarès regional words; which led to several words being added to the dictionary, Diccionari català-valencià-balear.

Joan Lluís i Pallarès


He was born in Montardit de Dalt in 1912 and died in Barcelona in 1999. His father was the son of Casa Misser in Sort and his mother from Casa Aurens in Roní. He was christened in Enviny and went to live in Rialp, in Casa Xampaineta. At the age of six he began to work as a cowherd, woodman, shepherd boy and later as a herd boy and shepherd in the mountains of Olp, Llessui and Montsent de Pallars. His fondness of music came from his contact with the high mountain and its shepherds. He learnt to read music with Manuel from Cal Serrador, the Rialp musician.

Ferran Rella



Ferran Rella i Foro was born in Esterri d’Àneu in 1954. He studied Philosophy and the Arts at the Estudi General de Lleida and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona from which he graduated in 1976. He taught from 1977 and since 1993 he has been a professor of Catalan Language and Literature at the Màrius Torres Secondary School in Lleida. For him, the Pallars Sobirà region has been a permanent object of study and dedication which he has projected from the Presidency of the Cultural Council of the Àneu Valleys, of which he was a founding member; as director of Àrnica magazine and from the coordination of the Authors' Meetings in the Pyrenees. He has published articles about history and linguistics and travel literature in Lo Raier, Collegats, Sió, Crònica d'Ensenyament, Ressò de Ponent, Cavall Fort, Descobrir Catalunya and Sàpiens. A collaborator in several books with a Pyrenean and literary theme, he is the author of the books Les valls d'Àneu and El Pallars Sobirà. On 23rd of January 2007, the Catalan Minister of Culture and the Media, Joan Manuel Tresserras, officially appointed him the territorial director of the Ministry in Lleida, a post he still holds.


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