Gernika Remembrance Day poetry appeal


An appeal from Basque PEN Club

26 April 2012 will be the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the town of Gernika, Spain, by the Nazi Legion-Condor aiding General Franco against the democratic Republic.

Gernika is the holy town of the Basques and a symbol of their freedom, but since 1937 it has also become a symbol against war and atrocities. And it became such thanks to the Arts and the word. British journalist George Steer published in The Times news about Gernika that changed history, denying the Francoists’ version that ‘Reds’ had burnt the town. The truth of the atrocity inspired Pablo Picasso to create Guernica, the famous painting that has been exhibited at the entrance to the Security Council at the UN Assembly in New York, among many other places.

Basque PEN Club invites writers all around the world to send us poems to remember Gernika and ‘Other Gernikas’, as the Remembrance Day has been declared. Poems related to Gernika or other Gernikas around the world should be sent before 31 March, in the original language and a translation into Basque, English, German, French or Spanish; a short introduction of the author or the poem is welcomed. Poems will be published and read during the Remembrance Day Events. Send your poems to pen@euskalpen.org or

Euskal PEN/Basque PEN
Agoitz Plaza, 1
E48015 Bilbao
Basque Country