News, Events & Reports

A new book — "The Moon is Red"

The Moon is Red

By Myrddin ap Dafydd (translated from the Welsh).

Continuing our Welsh theme, here is information about a new historic novel for young adults which includes the history of the Bilbao blockade and the Basque children refugees in North Wales. We hope it will be of interest to you.

Myrddin ap Dafydd was the first Children's Poet Laureate in Wales (2000-2001). More details here …

Plaque unveiling in Caerleon

A plaque remembering Basque children who sought refuge in Newport from the Spanish Civil War was unveiled in Caerleon …

Report from South Wales Argus …

Homerton College, Cambridge

Art work by José María Martínez-Coqué

This year marks the 250th anniversary (1768-2018) of the founding of Homerton College, Cambridge.

This is of particular interest to those interested in the evacuation of the Basque children from Bilbao for two reasons.

Read more here …

That Was Then, But This is Now - Travels in Spain.

That Was Then, But This is Now

Advanced notice of a new book by Andy Grigg, which contains a chapter on niños de la guerra.

This book compares and contrasts the experience of travelling in Spain as a young twenty something man with the experience of travelling as a married, family man.

It is part memoir and part travel guide, looking at the experience of travel through the eyes of the same person, visiting many of the same places, but in two different time periods - 1984 and 2016/17.

More details …

Times Literary Supplement, 22 June edition.

We have a letter in this edition of the TLS about our Association, its aims and about the 4000 Basque child refugees to Britain in 1937. This is in response to a book review (May 18th) where the comment is made that there is little common knowledge about the Basque (and Belgian and Serbian) refugees compared to the Kindertransport.

The original review can be read at

Our letter can be read here.

Report by Simon Martinez

Report by Barbara Coombs


For many years now the niños de la guerra have gathered together for a "family" meal … I would like to trace the reunions back to their earliest days when Helvecia first started organising the comida, up to the present day when second generation niños - Luis and Amaya have taken over the organisation … If there is a good response then I would like to seek funding and produce an illustrated book/booklet …

Click to read the full project proposal.

If you would like to contribute any memories, photos (I will copy, then return them by post if you wish) or if you would like to help in any way, please contact me at: or call on 07801 067161.

Exhibition of works by Maite Pinto:
"Kindness of Strangers"

Maite Pinto Base Camp
Castlefield Gallery & Manchester School of Art, 2 Hewitt Street, Manchester, M15 4GB
From 6 July 2018 to 12 August 2018

A new collaboration is launched this summer:
a biennial to showcase some of the most promising work being produced by MA and MFA graduates from Manchester School of Art.

From the three students selected, Maite Pinto has worked with archive material relating to the Spanish Civil War and in particular from the Basque Children Association of '37 to produce art works for the exhibition.

For further details see: the gallery web site.

Report by Savannah Hawley

Folk Duo Na-Mara

Don't forget to check out their forthcoming gigs ….

The Gernika Peace Museum

The Gernika Peace Museum

The museum is well worth visiting if you have not yet done so.

An exhibition entitled Memories of Stone and Steel — monuments to victims of the Spanish Civil War and Francoism in the Basque Country
(1936 - 2017) runs until 16 September 2018. Details here …

For other recently posted and older notices, click here.


In 1937, during the Spanish civil war, almost 4,000 children were evacuated to the UK from Bilbao. Read more …

At first they stayed in a camp at Stoneham and later in colonies throughout the UK. Read more …

We want to remember and preserve the story of these niños de la guerra in their rightful context. Read more …

From the Archives

From Newsletter 7, April 2007

Frida Knight (née Stewart) by Natalia Benjamin

Newsletter 7, April 2007, page 6

Daughter of a Cambridge academic … she aimed to inform the British public about what was going on in Spain …
Read the full article here …

… and three short ones you may have missed:

The Basque Children's Hostel Penstone House, Lancing
Report by Frida Stewart.
Read the full article here …

"Hotel" Managed by Children
"Herald" Reporter Visits Penstone. Read the full article here …

Lancing colony
Ricardo, Harry (1968) "Memories and Machines".
Read the full article here …

… and from our photo gallery:

The Rollesby Basque Boys football team

The Rollesby Basque Boys football team which defeated Yarmouth Schoolboys on Thursday October 21st 1937.

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Articles & Reviews

Review by María Dolores Power

Article by Dr Edward Packard
- published in The online journal Childhood Remixed May 2018

Review by Simon Martinez

Article by Gerald Hoare and Simon Martinez

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