Founded more than a decade ago, it is one of Portugal’s most important literary festivals. Focused on travel literature, it is a wide exploration of the notion of voyage and writing. It has had Pulitzer and Man Booker Prize winners as guests of honour.
Guests: Paul Theroux, Mia Couto, Howard Jacobson, David Mitchell, Claudio Magris, Frederico Lourenço, Hélia Correia, Rachel Cusk, Lídia Jorge.
Location: Matosinhos, Portugal
Fronteira is the first literary festival aimed at children’s and YA literature. Set in Castelo Branco, it showcases school sessions aimed at all the children in the district, but also events for a general audience.
Guests: Mia Couto, Laborinho Lúcio, Pedro Mexia, Manuel Alegre, Inês Pedrosa, Ana Margarida Carvalho, Dulce Maria Cardoso, Afonso Cruz, Valter Hugo Mãe e José Eduardo Agualusa.
Location: Castelo Branco, Portugal
Set in Guimarães, Húmus was born out of the need to revive the forgotten Portuguese writer Raul Brandão, and to discuss the main topics of his work. It promotes school sessions, illustration exhibits and several interventions in the public space.
Guests: Isabel Pires de Lima, Dulce Maria Cardoso, Maria Antónia Palla, Lídia Jorge, João Tordo, Afonso Cruz, Catarina Wallenstein, Pedro Lamares, Luís Represas.
Location: Guimarães, Portugal
Tinto no Branco
The Dão Wine Manor, in Viseu, brings together two of life’s greatest pleasures, literature and wine. Every year it showcases two events, Tinto no Branco and Vinhos D’Inverno, a marriage of the best grape varieties and the most outstanding writers.
Guests: Michael Palin, Ricardo Araújo Pereira, Pedro Mexia, Raquel Varela, Anselmo Borges, Daniel Oliveira, Karla Suárez, Leonor Pinhão, Inês Fonseca Santos, Frei Bento Domingues.
Location: Viseu, Portugal
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The greatest literary event in Portuguese-speaking countries, it is where European, African and American continents meet. Born in Praia, Morabeza travels throughout the islands of Cape Verde archipelago. It showcases workshops, school and university sessions and debates.
Guests: Lázaro Ramos, Miguel Sousa Tavares, Mia Couto, Carmen Posadas, Alexandra Lucas Coelho, Germano Almeida, Arménio Vieira, Júlio Magalhães, Dina Salústio, Vera Duarte.
Location: Cabo Verde
Feira do Livro de Braga
One of the most important book fairs in Portugal, it has turned into an integral part of Braga’s downtown. It highlights a strong cultural programme which includes masterclasses, workshops, exhibitions and many open debates.
Guests: Helena Vasconcelos, Zita Martins, Lídia Jorge, Pedro Marques Lopes, Rui Tavares, Ana Maria Magalhães, João Luís Barreto Guimarães, João de Melo, Bruno Vieira Amaral.
Location: Braga, Portugal
Feira do Livro de Aveiro
One of the oldest book fairs in Portugal, it is set in Manuel Firmino Market, in the town of Aveiro. Showcasing local booksellers, the Book Fair combines the informality of a market with the intensity of readings and round tables. Its lively programme includes feature interviews, debates and workshops for children.
Guests: Valter Hugo Mãe, Gonçalo M Tavares, Frei Bento Domingues, Raquel Varela, Isabel Stillwell, Capicua, Maria João Lopo de Carvalho, Luís Costa Ribas, Rogério Samora, Ana Cristina Silva.
Location: Aveiro, Portugal
In 2013 Portugal was guest of honour of the second largest book fair in Latin America. Its participation was considered the best in the history of FILBo, with a quality delegation showcasing different generations of writers and various genres of writing in Portuguese and Portuguese-speaking literature, and an ability to build bridges between these cultures and Colombian readers.
Guests: Vasco Graça Moura, Mia Couto, Dulce Maria Cardoso, José Eduardo Agualusa, Nuno Júdice, Fernando Pinto do Amaral, Ana Moura, Mísia, Afonso Cruz, Teolinda Gersão, Ana Luísa Amaral, André Letria.
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Guadalajara Book Fair, set in Mexico, is the second largest book fair in the world, coming right after Frankfurt. In 2018, Portugal was guest of honour. Its participation included concerts, plays, dance shows, art exhibitions and many debates and talks. For 10 days, Guadalajara was immerse in Portuguese culture.
Guests: António Lobo Antunes, Hélia Correia, Ana Margarida Carvalho, Dulce Maria Cardoso, Teolinda Gersão, Margarida Vale de Gato, Ana Luísa Amaral, Gonçalo M Tavares, Afonso Cruz, João Tordo, Manuel Alegre.
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Festival literário da Madeira
Madeira Literary Festival was born in a hotel auditorium, but it quickly took over Funchal’s Baltazar Dias Theatre. Throughout its various editions, it has asserted itself thanks to the quality of its national and international guests of honour.
Guests: Mick Hume, Ricardo Araújo Pereira, Benjamim Moser, Clara Ferreira Alves, Cândida Pinto, Eleanor Catton, Javier Cercas, Sofi Oksanen, Adam Johnson, Tatiana Salem Levy.
Location: Funchal, Portugal
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