Education and Culture

Education

El municipio cuenta con diferentes instalaciones educativas, como el Colegio Público, una guardería y una ludoteca - abierta durante periodos vacacionales. Todas ellas situadas en la localidad de Brañuelas.

El Colegio Público de Brañuelas reabrió sus puertas en 2018, tras 15 años cerrado, y forma parte del Colegio Rural Agrupado (CRA) Santa Bárbara de Torre del Bierzo.

Actualmente, cuenta con dos aulas y alumnos de cursos de infantil y primaria.
Brañuelas

Play Centre

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Brañuelas

Public School

Reopened in 2018, the public school belongs to the CRA of Santa Bárbara. Educational offer: Infant and Primary Courses

Culture

In this section we want to present authors who in one way or another are related to our municipality.

Discover the books related to our municipality

Abel Aparicio González

¿Dónde está nuestro pan?

Abel Aparicio González

¿Dónde está nuestro pan?

He was born in San Román de la Vega (León) in 1980.

He collaborated in the fanzine ‘Creatura’ de Illescas (Toledo) and currently does so in the digital medium Astorga Redacción and in the Diario de León with research articles and mountain bike trips.

Some of his poems appear in the books; Versos para derribar muros (Los libros de Umsaloua, 2010), Versos a Oliegos (Puente de letras y Eolas, 2010-2014), Poesía en los bares (Groenlandia, 2012) or Lletres Lliterariu (Academia de la Lingua Asturiana,2012), La luz de mi noche (Lobo Sapiens,2012), Dolores de poesía en los bares (Vinalia Trippers,2014), En legítima defensa:poetas en tiempos de crisis (Bartleby,2014), Miles de tierras (Bubok,2015), Palabras de barricada (Queimada Ediciones,2015) y Encrucijada: la antología (MUSAC,2015).

In 2011, his first collection of poems, a bilingual edition (Llionés and Castellano), Tintero de tierra, was released. In 2012, he coordinated the social poetry anthology Esto no rima (Origami).

In 2015, he presented Alboradas en los zurrones del pastor (Marciano Sonoro ediciones, 2015) and in 2017 La ruta del Tuerto, a work that describes a bicycle trip along the route of the Tuerto river, from its mouth in La Bañeza to its source in Los Nistoso neighborhoods, in the La Cepeda region.

His last work “Dónde está nuestro pan?” It is made up of three short novels in which the author immerses himself in the harshness of the Civil War and the postwar period.

Carlos Suárez García

Al Norte del Manzanal (Aproximación a la historia, habla y costumbres)

Carlos Suárez García

Al Norte del Manzanal (Aproximación a la historia, habla y costumbres)

Born in Brañuelas (León) in 1946, he studied at the Maristas de León, at the Normal School of this city and at the University of Salamanca. A primary school teacher at the age of 18, after specializing at the UNED in philology and French, he finished his professional career as an ESO teacher teaching Spanish and French language classes. He has lived and developed his work in Alto Bierzo and Ponferrada, has organized and participated in school exchanges with schools in the cities of Nîmes and Arcachon in France, was director of the San Antonio de Ponferrada Public School and currently resides in Rodrigatos de Las Regueras, a town with which he confesses to be in love.

He regularly releases a compilation of OPINION, CRITICAL AND ESSAY articles, of which he has published in the municipal magazine of Igüeña EL AGUZO.

Books:

  • Al Norte del Manzanal (Approach to history, speech and customs).
  • En Los Altos de Brañuelas (Old true stories).
Jovino Andina Yanes

Caminos a Santiago por el Bierzo Alto: las rutas de Manzanal y de la Cepeda

Jovino Andina Yanes

Caminos a Santiago por el Bierzo Alto: las rutas de Manzanal y de la Cepeda

He was born in Taramundi in 1945, but has been living in El Bierzo for half a century.

Teacher and Social Graduate, he has developed practically all his teaching work at the “Menéndez Pidal” Public School and at the “El Señor de Bembibre” IES, in Bembibre, until his retirement.

He has been one of the promoters, led by Ángeles Alonso, the director, of the Municipal Museum of Bembibre inaugurated in 1987, of whose governing board, he was secretary as well as editor of the exhibition montage 2000-2001 and the one who has also been, defender and promoter of the recognition of the Jacobean routes of Manzanal and La Cepeda, two variants widely supported by history and tradition that it is worth recovering and putting in value.

He has given talks at cultural conferences and participated as a speaker in various courses and congresses (Ethnography and Folklore in El Bierzo– Ponferrada, 1991; VII de Asociaciones Jacobeas– Ponferrada, 2005; Enrique Gil y Carrasco y el Romanticismo– El Bierzo, 2015), as well as articles in the press and collector-counter of Leyendas Jacobeas in the province of León in a radio serial in the summer of 2014.

Enthusiast of the work of Enrique Gil y Carrasco, in 2015, coinciding with the centenary of his birth, he organized with the Instituto de Estudios Bercianos an extensive exhibition on the novel El Señor de Bembibre, which was well-received in Ponferrada, Bembibre and Astorga.

Bembibre: Museo Municipal “Bierzo Alto” (1993), Leyendas bercianas (1993), Caminos a Santiago por el Bierzo Alto: las rutas de Manzanal y de la Cepeda (2008), Aportación al vocabulario popular de la comarca berciana -Homenaje al Magisterio-(conjuntamente con María Trinidad Crespo Álvarez) (2008), Esbozo del catálogo de ediciones, reediciones, adaptaciones y manuscritos inéditos de “El Señor de Bembibre” (1844-2015) (2015). He has also collaborated in collective works such as: Bierzo mágico (1996), Qué es El Bierzo (1998), El siglo de León. Todos los pueblos y sus gentes: 1901-2000 (2002), Bernardo Alonso Villarejo: En los límites de las sombras (2008), Gran Enciclopedia del Camino de Santiago: Diccionario de la cultura jacobea (2010), El corazón del Camino (2010) o el Refranero asturiano (por Luciano Castañón) (1977).  And in the Tierras de León and Estudios Bercianos magazines, where he has been periodically recording the series on “Berciana Bibliography” that began in the eighties of the last century.

Tomás Álvarez, José María García Álvarez, Cristóbal Ramírez, José de Cora, Carlos Sánchez- Montaña, Mónica Drerup

El camino de Künig a Compostela

Tomás Álvarez, José María García Álvarez, Cristóbal Ramírez, José de Cora, Carlos Sánchez- Montaña, Mónica Drerup

El camino de Künig a Compostela

Thomas Alvarez

He was born in Villamejil (León) in 1948 and studied Journalism and Political Science in Madrid. He worked from a young age at the Efe agency, where he performed various tasks. In Spain, he was director of Economy and Reports. He was also responsible for various delegations, including Argentina. He has been a director of the Mediterranean newspaper and of the Valencian RadioTelevisión. At the institutional level, he has been General Director of the Media of the Valencian Genaralitat and Head of Communication of the Ministry of Public Administrations. He is the author of several essays: Vendedores de Imagen (Paidós), El camino de Santiago para paganos y escépticos (Endymion), Apuntes de historia de la Cepeda (Endymion), La vía de la Plata (Lobo sapiens), Tres días para acceder al arte (Everest) y Cosas de la bucólica. Gastronomía en El Quijote (CSD-Akron). He has published the novels El búcaro de azucenas (Tabla Rasa) and Canto del alcaraván (Tabla Rasa), and the short story book Las delicias del Tuerto (Eje). He has participated in and coordinated a large additional series of books on various topics.

 

Jose Maria Garcia Alvarez

He was born in Vega de Magaz in 1939. He studied Industrial Technical Engineering in Gijón and developed his professional activity in various companies and factories, in Spain and other parts of Africa and America. Interested in the past of the territory in which he was born, he has published several books on it: Valdemagaz and grandfather Felipe; Historical aspects of the ValdeMagaz manor; Magaz and Vega de Magaz, hermitages, churches and brotherhoods; and Bernardo García, a Leonese born to succeed. He writes about historical research issues in various publications and media, including Diario de León.

 

Christopher Ramirez

He was born in Ferrol (A Coruña) in 1952. Journalist. The president of the Association of Journalists and Scholars of the Camino de Santiago for twenty years. He is the author of five books on the Jacobean routes (some with other authors) and dozens of informative brochures, as well as 16 more volumes related to travel and landscape. He is a regular lecturer in seven EU countries, always focusing on the Camino and especially on pilgrims who historically left from northern Europe. His work has managed to recover the route of the English Way in Galicia, from A Coruña and Ferrol to Compostela.

 

Jose de Cora

He was born in Lugo in 1951. Writer and journalist, he started out as an editor for the Efe agency, but he has developed his work in all the media. He received La Codorniz de Plata (2000) as a humorist, the José Luis Alvite award (2018) as a columnist and the Arenas Award (2019), for the book Illustrious murderers and distinguished corpses. He directed Lugo's El Progreso (1980/1995), a newspaper, of which today he is CEO. Since 1976, he wrote a great variety of books, such as  Ideologías para un rey (Aguribay), Manual del perfecto político (Espasa Calpe) or Guía de Lugo (El Progreso). He writes  television scripts, directs and produces series and documentaries. As a novelist, he is the author of Secuestro y fonda de Cela en Contamina (Tris-Tram), La verdadera historia del último inquisidor y el maravilloso Oráculo de la Vida (Edaf), Pecados manuais (Xerais), La navaja inglesa (Tropo Editores), El estornudo de la mariposa (Edhasa), Te llamaré muerto (Edhasa), Habla Mario (Edhasa) and Una plácida y brutal mañana en Belvedere (Sonolibro).

 

Carlos Sánchez- Mountain

He was born in Lugo in 1959. In 1994 he obtained the title of architect in the specialty of Project, urban planning and Historian from the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona. Between 2003 and 2005 he carried out doctoral studies at the University of A Coruña (Higher Technical School of Architecture) with the Architecture course in Galicia. He is currently the director of the multidisciplinary technical consultancy Valora el Camino, with a complete knowledge of the reality of the community both in its urban and rural areas, and especially the dynamics of the activity that has been developed on the Camino de Santiago in the last 20 years.

 

Monica Drerup

She was born in Bonn in 1975. She studied law at the universities of Münster (Germany) and Nijmegen (Netherlands). She performed her first professional duties at the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg (France) and at the Ministry of the Interior in Bonn (Germany). Currently, she works as a lawyer at the Bundesnetzagentur (State Agency for Network Control) in Bonn, where she resides. Sports and gardening lover, she speaks Spanish, German, French and English.

Manuel Isaías Olano Pastor

El Camino de Peregrinación a Santiago

Manuel Isaías Olano Pastor

El Camino de Peregrinación a Santiago

Natural of Bembibre (León). He has a degree in Geography and History and an Extraordinary End of Degree Award from the University of León (1990-1995), where he has taught the subject The Societies of the Old Regime. He is currently the director of the Alto Bierzo Museum and develops his work in the Department of Culture and Youth of the City of Bembibre. The result of an intense and extensive archival research work has been his participation as a speaker in different courses and seminars and has published numerous articles on the Bierzo Oriental and Bembibre, focusing on the following thematic areas: Prehistory, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Castreña Culture, Romanization, Middle Ages, Modern Age, Contemporary Age, social and ideological behavior, ethnic minorities in the Middle Ages, the influence of religious devotions and cults on the popular mentality, the Lower Medieval and Old Regime steel industry, the figure of the military engineer, Carlos Lemaur -his metallurgical projects and the beginnings of the exploitation of coal in El Bierzo Alto-, the aftermath of the War of Independence, liberal constitutionalism and, essentially, the reconstruction of the historical evolution of the town of Bembibre.

He is co-author of the Historia de la Provincia de León, published by the University of León in 1999 and a collaborator of the Spanish Biographical Dictionary of the Royal Academy of History in 2006. He is also responsible for: Los Mendaña and Señorío del Barrio de Abajo de San Pedro Castañero (1482-1620), published by the San Pedro Castañero Neighborhood Council in 2002 and La Salida del Santo, Memoria Histórica del Festival Nacional de Exaltación del Botillo de Bembibre,  Guía del Museo Alto Bierzo de Bembibre and  Guía Turística del Municipio de Bembibre, which was published by the City Council of Bembibre in the years 2001, 2006, 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Among his publications, we highlight:

  • Memoria histórica del Festival Nacional de Exaltación del Botillo de Bembibre
  • Guía turística del municipio de Bembibre
  • Memoria histórica del Festival Nacional de Exaltación del Botillo de Bembibre
  • Los Mendaña y el señorío del Barrio de Abajo de San Pedro Castañero: 1482-1620.
José Alberto Moráis Morán

El monasterio de San Juan de Montealegre (León)

José Alberto Moráis Morán

El monasterio de San Juan de Montealegre (León)

(Bembibre, 1981) has a Bachelor's Degree (2003) and a Doctorate (2010) in Art History from the University of León, Extraordinary End of Degree Award, Bachelor's Degree Memory and Master's Degree Final Award. In 2013, he was awarded the Fundación Concha de Navalmoral Research Award (Cáceres). He was Teaching and Research Staff at the University of León and in the Department of Art History and Territorial Sciences of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (Cáceres) of the University of Extremadura, between 2006 and 2010. He is currently responsible for the Chair of Art History at the Institute of History of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso (Chile).

In 2008, he published La Recuperación of the "ecclesiae primitivae forma" in the sculpture of the Royal Pantheon of San Isidoro de León. In 2014, he published the Rome in the Romanesque and in 2016, the monastery of San Juan de Montealegre (León). From its origins to its destruction, where it addresses the artistic history of the monastic church of San Juan de Montealegre, since it was founded around the year 945, going through the great reforms undertaken in said space in the early 13th century and until its fateful collapse from the year 1908.

Marcos Álvarez Cabezas

En el pueblo no se habla de otra cosa

Marcos Álvarez Cabezas

En el pueblo no se habla de otra cosa

Spanish journalist and communicator. Passionate about the audiovisual world, he practices his profession in various national and international television channels of the Mediapro Group. He is also immersed in various digital communication projects.

Inspired by Brañuelas (León), the book of stories In the village no one talks about anything else, is his first publication.

Juan Carlos Campos Gómez

Grabados rupestres de la provincia de León

Juan Carlos Campos Gómez

Grabados rupestres de la provincia de León

He was born in Vega de Magaz, on February 19, 1961. He currently lives in Astorga.

As a result of the discovery in early 2008 of the Teleno petroglyphs in the Maragatería region, he began a stage of study and dissemination of these rock manifestations and many others that have been discovered in the province since that date. He has published several articles in specialized magazines in Archeology (Revista de Arqueología del siglo XXI, año 2012, Argutorio, años 2015, 2016 y 2017, Cuadernos de Prehistoria y Arqueología de Castellón, 2015), and in cultural magazines of the province (The magazine de La Cepeda, Promonumenta etc.). In 2012, he edited the book “Petroglifos en Maragatería. The enigma of the Teleno labyrinths ”(León, Gráficas Celarayn). In 2014, he collaborated with other authors in the book “La cepeda en Blanco y Negro”. All this research work crystallized in 2018, with the publication of the book "Cave engravings of the province of León" in which he introduces us to the petroglyphs found in La Ruta de Peña El Oso, which runs from Ucedo to Valbuena de la Entrust.

José M.ª García Álvarez

La Capellanía y la Ermita de San José de Requejo y Corús

José M.ª García Álvarez

La Capellanía y la Ermita de San José de Requejo y Corús

He was born in Vega de Magaz, where he studied primary school, followed by high school studies at the Agustinos de León, pre-university studies in Astorga and Industrial Technical Engineering in Gijón. He has worked in various companies: Hidroeléctrica de Moncabril and Unión Fenosa in Madrid, Asturias and La Robla, in activities related to the assembly, operation and maintenance of power plants, lines and substations. For the Ibero-American Development Bank, in the Dominican Republic, in the same activities. For Iberfrica Power, a subsidiary of Unión Fenosa, managing a thermal power plant in Nairobi and finally, in Huelva, as a freelance consulting engineer in the copper smelter inherited from Rio Tinto mines. Married with two children, after his retirement he resides in León.

In 2001 he published the book Valdemagaz y el Abuelo Felipe; in 2011 the titled  Aspectos históricos del señorío de Valdemagaz; the following year Magaz de Cepeda and Vega de Magaz, Ermitas Iglesias y Cofradías; in 2015 Bernardo García González, un leonés nacido para triunfar; and in 2018 Genealogía, testamentos e historia de una familia cepedana. Meanwhile, he has written articles in magazines and other publications, especially and on historical research topics, in La Pasarela de Vega de Magaz. In 2019 he published La Capellanía y la Ermita de San José de Requejo y Corús.

F. Javier Pérez Fernández

La Crin de Dámocles

F. Javier Pérez Fernández

La Crin de Dámocles

He was born in Zamora in 1970, although he lived from his first week to seven years in Villameca, where his father was a Civil Guard. There he attended the town's unitary school. At age seven, he moved to La Bañeza, and at 13, he was writing for the local newspaper, Bedunia, and it consisted primarily of newspaper columns and satirical verse. At 17, he wrote his first novel, and at 19, he participated in a historical literature project for La Crónica de León. At 20, while studying business at the University of León, he began writing for the University magazine. CAMPUS, and then he was its director for 14 years.

In 2005, he returned to La Cepeda. He currently runs two rural houses in the municipality of Brañuelas and one in Vega de Magaz. He has ten published novels, twenty-two short story awards, three poetry awards, and one essay award. In various media, he has published around 1,200 articles. To name a few: - Viento divino, Premio novela corta “Castillo Puche”, 2002 - La Crin de Damocles, Premio Azorín de novela, 2006 - La Espina de Amapola (editorial Planeta, 2008) - El Gris (ediciones B, 2010) - No malgastes las flores, Premio de Novela Corta EL FUNGIBLE, 2009 - El secuestro del candidato, Premio de Novela Ciudad de Badajoz 2012 - Violín negro en orquesta roja, Premio Ateneo de Valladolid de Novela 2014 - El caso de la culpa en conserva, Premio de Novela Corta Encina de Plata.

F. Javier Pérez Fernández

La Crin de Damocles

F. Javier Pérez Fernández

La Crin de Damocles

Nació en Zamora en 1970, aunque vivió desde su primera semana hasta los siete años en Villameca, donde su padre era Guardia Civil. Allí asistió a la escuela unitaria del pueblo. A los siete años se trasladó a La Bañeza, y a los 13 escribía en el periódico local, Bedunia y consistió fundamentalmente en columnas de prensa y verso satírico. A los 17 años, hizo su primera novela, y a los 19 participó en un proyecto de literatura histórica de La Crónica de León. A los 20, mientras estudiaba empresariales en La Universidad de León, comenzó a escribir en la revista Universitaria. CAMPUS, y después fue su director durante 14 años.

En 2005, regresó a La Cepeda. Actualmente dirige dos casas rurales en el municipio de Brañuelas y una en Vega de Magaz. Tiene diez novelas publicadas, veintidós premios de relato, tres de poesía y uno de ensayo. En diversos medios, ha publicado alrededor de mil doscientos artículos. Por citar algunas: - Viento divino, Premio novela corta “Castillo Puche”, 2002 - La Crin de Damocles, Premio Azorín de novela, 2006 - La Espina de Amapola (editorial Planeta, 2008) - El Gris (ediciones B, 2010) - No malgastes las flores, Premio de Novela Corta EL FUNGIBLE, 2009 - El secuestro del candidato, Premio de Novela Ciudad de Badajoz 2012 - Violín negro en orquesta roja, Premio Ateneo de Valladolid de Novela 2014 - El caso de la culpa en conserva, Premio de Novela Corta Encina de Plata.

Vicente Fernández Vázquez

La verdad sobre el accidente ferroviario de Torre del Bierzo

Vicente Fernández Vázquez

La verdad sobre el accidente ferroviario de Torre del Bierzo

Historian and Professor of Secondary Education in Geography and History. He has received several awards and recognitions, among them the Ciudad de Ponferrada “Enrique Gil y Carrasco” 2016 in the Culture category. He has participated as a speaker in numerous conferences and is the author of a sea of articles and thirty books on Heritage, Art and History, among which the following stand out:

  • La verdad. Sobre el accidente ferroviario de Torre del Bierzo (1944).
  • Arquitectura religiosa del Bierzo (s. XVI-XVIII). (2001).
  • Ponferrada. Artística y Monumental (2011).
  • Antonio Estévez (1897-1960).
  • Textos libertarios y otros escritos (2015).
  • La Cabrera Alta. Paraíso del Patrimonio natural y cultural (2016), (co-author with Gaspar Fernández San Elías).
José Pedro Pedreira

Pueblos de León. Un recorrido literario

José Pedro Pedreira

Pueblos de León. Un recorrido literario

Born in Brañuelas (León), 1954, he spent a lot of time in Valbuena, since this was the town where his grandmother lived. The writer, who already won his first poetry contest in 1979, has cultivated various literary genres, from poetry itself, to short stories, novels or historical novels, as well as travel and art books or journalistic articles or reports. .

He began his journalistic collaborations in La Hora Leonesa. His work also appeared in the newspaper, Pueblo. For more than five years, he published a weekly column in La Crónica 16 de León, apart from articles and reports on various topics (mainly of a Leonese nature).

The author of the poems: Solana Núbil y Recuerdos y memoria.

Novela: El Miedo.

Literatura de viajes: Pueblos de León. Un recorrido literario, Castilla y León. Las ciudades y la vida, La catedral de León, esa señora.

Historical novel: Alfonso VI (vida pública y privada del rey). Relato: Una Valla con espinos en el borde.

Emilio Suárez García

Una historia con muchas vidas: el Ferrocarril en Brañuelas.

Emilio Suárez García

Una historia con muchas vidas: el Ferrocarril en Brañuelas.

Born in Brañuelas in 1948, he began his studies at the National School of the town, where he remained until he was eight years old, at which point he moved to León. The first steps away from home were started in the Marist Brothers and at the age of thirteen, due to his father's illness, he joined the Orphans College of Railways of Madrid, where he joined RENFE as an Apprentice of the 18th Class. He has a degree in Geography from the University of León and an Electromechanical Mining Technical Engineer, a profession that he developed since 1974 at the Headquarters of Transport of the 7th zone (RENFE), as a Senior Rail Technician, in charge of organizing the Driving staff shifts Affecting the deposits of León, Orense, Oviedo and Salamanca. In 1999, he was assigned to the Northwest Axis Management as Operations Technician and finished his railway career as Logistics Technician at ADIF, Command Post in León. Vice-president of the Leonese Association of Friends of the Railroad.

In 2017, he published Una historia con muchas vidas: el Ferrocarril en Brañuelas.

 

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