Concepció Batallé i Mallarach (Olot, 1950) is a teacher and writer.
After commercial and secretarial studies at the Divine Providence School, she completed further studies in Drawing, Music and A-levels to continue with a degree in Education.
She teaches at the Plantalech Academy in Olot, the Carmelites College in Ripoll, with the Salesian Order, and is one of the founders of the Ripoll School of Art. She has worked for forty-five years at the Escola Cor de Maria – Maria Reina d’Olot, teaching drawing to secondary school students, and history of music. For twenty-five years she was in charge of the specialty of music for the whole school. As well as being a music teacher, she plays the piano, guitar, and cello.
Her love of literature, which began when she was a small girl thanks to one of her primary school teachers, has led her to write poetry, stories, and essays. Notable among these works are Quatre contes per a infants (1981), Joan Prat i Forga (1897-1971): apologia del meu mestre (1987), and a large number of poems written on the occasion of special dates like the Aplecs de la Sardana, Sant Jordi, and Christmas festivities. The latter are published annually in L’Olotí, La comarca d’Olot, and the special publications of these festivals. She has made a collection of her unpublished work, together with that of her mother, the poet Mercè Mallarach.
She has written poems on commission, for special days, which are published in several media outlets, and she has also been a jury member for several literary prizes. She has written scripts for radio and has presented “Temps de literatura” on Ràdio La Vall. Some of her poems have appeared in anthologies, research projects, and collections. She has given lectures and organised exhibitions on a range of subjects at the Casal Marià d'Olot, and elsewhere.
She works with the team of the non-profit association Àmbit Sant Lluc, to perpetuate the Escola Olotina (Olot School of landscape painting).
She is a member of the Associació d’Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (Association of Catalan language Writers – AELC).
Web page: Sara Serrano for AELC.
Photographs and documentation: Author’s personal files.