Jesús Moncho (Gata de Gorgos, Marina Alta, 1948), a novelist and essayist, left his village at the age of ten to go and study in Valencia. While at university, he was active in the 1960s student movements and, after the end of the dictatorship, in the political transition. He eventually settled in Sant Vicent del Raspeig in the Valencian region of l’Alacantí, where he taught Latin until he retired. In all these years, he also wrote for periodical publications and magazines of many kinds.
He is author of the novels La llar de seda (1999, winner of the 1998 Sant Vicent del Raspeig “9 October” award), Revenja (2000, winner of the 1999 Vila de Teulada Prize), La pols i el desig (2001, winner of the 2000 City of Valencia Prize for Fiction), Gran Bulevard (2005), Port de l’Est (2006, winner of the Vila de Benissa Prize), and La taverna del Negre (2019, winner of the 2018 City of Valencia Prize). He also writes essays, especially about matters related with present-day social and tourist questions that affect the functioning of society and maintaining territorial values. In this area, he has published the titles La ciutat turística de hui al País Valencià (2008) and Els meus orígens: una senda d'emocions (2015).
He is a member of the Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC – Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Web page: Toni Terrades for AELC.
Documentation: Jesús Moncho.
Photograph: Author’s personal files.