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Welcome to the summer 2019 edition of the Bulletin (BAS 2.3).

As many of our readers emerge from their exam-season bunkers, the Bulletin offers an opportunity to take stock.

We reflect on developments in Spain: a new Almodóvar film, reviewed by Alicia Bedoya, and a new political landscape following both general and European elections, assessed by SPG student Natasha Macbeth.

We also take a side-long look at the exam process: Sander Berg writes about teaching literature for Pre-U while Robin Wallis ponders the malos y maestros that catch students’ imaginations in the Pre-U speaking exam.

We celebrate the first questions on song lyrics in a Pre-U exam with a multi-faceted study of Serrat y Sabina en la cultura hispana prepared by students at UCS, while for language enthusiasts we consider the etymology and evolution of Spanish.

We are particularly grateful that in this edition two distinguished writers have chosen freely to share with Bulletin readers their most recent publications: William Chislett’s Forty years of democratic Spain: political, economic, foreign policy and social change, 1978-2018, and the Spanish-language edition of Dr Nathanial Gardner’s Critical Guide to Como agua para chocolate.  Both authors have written introductory articles for this edition giving some context to these publications, which are available for downloading from those pages.

More broadly, the Bulletin of Advanced Spanish is now completing its second year.  Our readership has expanded significantly (the February edition was read on 5 continents) and we are delighted to be receiving ever more submissions from students and teachers, among other enthusiasts.

In September we shall therefore be asking readers to take a short survey to help us keep the publication aligned with your tastes and interests.

We also have a vacancy for a business manager.  If you might be interested, or know someone who may be suited to this (part-time) role, please contact us at bulletinofadvancedspanish@gmail.com  – we would be glad to hear from you.

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Buen verano to all our readers.