One was a radical Spanish playwright and poet executed by Fascist militia during the country’s civil war. The other is a bloke from Rotherham.
But the life and last few weeks of Federico Garcia Lorca, shot in 1936, is to be retold in a new book of poetry by 21st century South Yorkshire writer Rob Hindle.
Despite the time and geographical difference between the pair, many works are written from Lorca’s point of view.
The 64-page work, Yoke And Arrows, has been released by Middlesbrough-based Smokestack Books and is launched at The Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge next month.
It is Rob’s fourth book of historical verse after previously releasing acclaimed works on the Great Sheffield Flood, highwayman Spence Broughton and the Iraq War.
“How have I put myself in Lorca’s mindset?” the 50-year-old Workers Educational Assembly official of Loxley ponders when The Diary asks. “It’s a good question. Obviously I don’t know how it feels to be in the situation where you’re taken to the mountains to be shot.
“But it’s about recognising what’s common in all of us. We can sympathise. Some feelings are universal I think. I try and tap into those.”
Launch takes place February 23, 7.30pm. Tickets £6/£4 from www.lanterntheatre.org.uk