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' The stark reality ' in a child's gaze

A book contains 16 stories written by kids between the ages of 12 and 18 who address sexual identity, gender-based violence or loneliness

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' The stark reality ' in a child's gaze

Maybe if you're told to think about a childish writing class, you'll come to mind small fantasy stories or teenage games. But power of words in hands of those who go through stage of growth and inner transformation can be devastating if used with responsibility, tenacity and coherence. "I had never stopped to think about how irrelevant individuals are in a world that spits in our face how valuable our human condition is. I'm dying and silence is your answer, "writes Diego Garcia, with just 14 years. "How do you fit earth when you've enjoyed paradise?" asks Gabriela Naharro, 15. "Men are like babies; Your needs are limited to feeding on a ta-bed basis. Although his ideas are much more perverse, says Alejandra Berrocal, 17. These are some of fragments that make up crude reality (Inventa), a compendium of stories created by a group of kids between 12 and 18 years who have been preparing m all year under supervision of Marta Rañada, her teacher and author of children's books.

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"All I ask is that when writing are totally free," explains Rañada, who started with writing classes at Inn of Tinplate, in Alcalá de Henares, five years ago, already dreamed of being able to edit in printed format what ir students would create. Now, for first time, he has managed to unify all stories under same me: Adolescence. That was only premise he gave m when he proposed idea of publishing a book toger, "because what is interesting in all this is his age and way y have to deal with world, accordingly."

Each one has chosen me he wanted: Some have delved into topics that already haunted m, ors have left ir own experiences or have been carried away by need to sort ir ideas on paper. However, Rañada realized that everyone felt more comfortable talking about drama, gruesome, darkness. "Teenagers and Fifties have a lot in common: we are both looking for, but we are happy and y are drama," says Rañada, corroborating his student and newly released writer with his story Intro, Gabriela Naharro, who with 16 years explains that y are "in The age of being super dramatic, of focusing on bad "and that is reflected in texts. Naharro has wanted to talk about bullying and approach first and puzzling feelings of love to someone of same sex. "I've always liked watching people and imagining ir dark backgrounds," he says. So he has chosen a young protagonist who is considered rare of class and who is afraid to leave established for fear of being different.

"I didn't know what I had in my head until I saw myself writing about it," Diego Garcia confesses, which tells story of a young man who does not exceed twenty and has been abused by his alcoholic and Putero far, who was responsible for collecting relief in beatings that He gave his mor every day when he died in a car accident. Within mind of protagonist, it wanders on homosexuality, misogyny and liberation of a toxic society thanks to arrival of a supposed messiah. Garcia says that he was afraid to publish it for what y say, especially his parents, in case people thought he was like protagonist of story. Now he is glad to have taken step, because he has delved into things that had not been raised yet and served him "to be more honest" with himself. "If we realize details and disgusting ideas that we have assumed internally, we can get to take m apart," he considers "this young poet of nineteenth century," as Rañada calls him.

Anor of most frequent topics in se pages is gender violence, especially among young authors, who use ir voice so that "y feel identified, supported" and y see "how y affect ir actions," according to Karen of All Saints. , 17 years old, which relates in anatomy of a revolution process of psychological recovery of a girl after suffering physical and verbal abuse by her adolescent boyfriend. "It's important to talk about feminism, but Abordándolo from a teenager's perspective because it's something we have to face every day," he explains of all saints.

For Rañada, it is admirable how se boys and girls have exposed ir interior. "In this age you want to be same as rest instead of being different and that frightens, but y have been shown as y are," says teacher, who hopes that it is beginning of many more books, as it considers that this has been very positive for m , "because it has served m to search in innermost," As for readers, because y learn from ir way of seeing world, ir struggle for freedom, for women's rights, for Equality and, above all, "what naturalized homosexuality or transexua Lidad ".

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