Joan Francesc Dalmau (Miralcamp, 1968) showed his artistic inclinations when he was very young and began his career in the world of song. Poetry and lyrics writing are forms of expression that permit him to ??reflect his ideas and experiences in a direct and accessible form of art and he soon realised that they were the ideal artistic vehicles for satisfying his need to express himself.
In 2000 he was awarded the Les Talúries Prize for his collection of poems Només respiren (They Only Breathe). However, since then, he has mainly published fiction, including Per darrere i a les fosques (From Behind and in the Dark, 2001), a collection of irreverently humorous stories, Ni viu ni mort (Neither Dead Nor Alive), a detective novel in an existentialist setting and winner of the 2003 Mn. Romà Comamala Prize, and La pell dels altres (The Skin of Others), winner of the 2006 Ramon Roca Boncompte Prize.
In 2007 he began to write articles for the Lleida newspaper La Mañana in which he has an opinion column in Catalan called "Cartes des de Ferney" (Letters from Ferney). He has also studied scriptwriting.
He is a member of the Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC – Association of Catalan Language Writers) and of the Associació de Guionistes de Catalunya (GAC – Scriptwriters Association of Catalonia).
Web page: Carme Ros for AELC.
Trranslation: Julie Wark.
Photographs: Author's personal files.