“Verão Azul”: Literary Encounters evoke the centenary of four Portuguese poets

On the afternoons of the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd of July

A century ago, four notable poets were born, who would become unavoidable figures in 1th-century Portuguese culture (Mário Cesariny de Vasconcelos, Mário-Henrique Leiria, Eugénio de Andrade and Natália Correia), whom the Municipal Library of Portimão will honor in this year's edition of the “Verão Azul” Literary Encounters, scheduled for the afternoons of July 8st, 15th, 22th and 1nd, at Jardim XNUMXº de December.

Inspired by the title of the book “Agosto Azul”, by the Portimonense writer and former President of the Republic Manuel Teixeira Gomes, the Portimão Municipal Library dedicates the third edition of these literary meetings to the celebration of the centenaries of the birth of poets, in four conversations between specialists.

In the first three conversations, the actor Luís Lucas will read poems by the honored authors, while, in the last one, the reading will be in charge of the actress Lia Gama.

With this initiative, which will always take place from 18 pm, in Jardim 30º de Novembro, the Municipal Library of Portimão intends to «celebrate the life and work of the honored poets, instilling a cultural nature to the user-friendliness provided by the public space where the initiative will take place, right in the center of the city”.

Under the curatorship of Carlos Vaz Marques, who will also moderate the scheduled meetings, the first session is scheduled for July 1st and in it Maria Antónia Oliveira, author of biographical studies on Portuguese authors, and Pedro Mexia, poet, columnist and literary critic, will talk about the “Words lit like boats”, by the surrealist poet Mário Cesariny de Vasconcelos (1923-2006).



The second session, on the 8th of July, will be dedicated to Mário-Henrique Leiria (1923-1980), with the participation of Tânia Martuscelli, professor of Portuguese literature at the University of Colorado, and Fernando Cabral Martins, professor of Portuguese Literature at Universidade Nova of Lisbon, which will make known the multifaceted work of the poet who wrote the “Contos do Gin Tônico”.

In the third session, scheduled for the 15th of July and devoted to Eugénio de Andrade (1923-2005), the poet and essayist Nuno Júdice and Maria Bochichio, professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra, will give voice to the “Forbidden Words” that the poet bequeathed.

The fourth and final session, on the 22nd of July, is dedicated to Natália Correia (1923 -1993). The writer João de Melo, who lived with the poetess in the Azores, and the writer Filipa Martins, author of the recently published biography of Natália, entitled “The duty to dazzle”, will evoke the voice of the Portuguese “motherland”. Natália's poems will be read by Lia Gama.


Curriculum vitae of lecturers
Maria Antonia Oliveira (Viseu, 1964) holds a PhD in Portuguese Studies with the thesis Os Biografos de Camilo. Co-responsible for editing Alexandre O'Neill's work at Assírio & Alvim, she published the award-winning essay A Tristeza Contentinha by Alexandre O'Neill (Caminho, 1992) and Alexandre O'Neill, Uma Biografia Literária (Dom Quixote, 2007). In addition to the work around O'Neill, she prefaced and postfaced works by Mário de Sá-Carneiro and Bocage. She was a professor of Portuguese Literature, French Literature and the Portuguese Language at the Piaget Institute, between 1994 and 2005. She has given several conferences, national and international, on the work of Alexandre O'Neill and signed the dramaturgy of the play Portugal, Meu Remorse, from texts by O'Neill.
Pedro Mexia He is a poet, columnist and literary critic. He has participated in radio and television programs, including PBX and Sombra Government and, currently, in its successor, Programa Cujo Nome Somos Legalmente Impedidos de Dizer. He was deputy director and interim director of the Cinematheque. He is cultural adviser to the President of the Republic. He has published five volumes of diaries, seven books of poems, anthologies in Poems Chosen (2018), and seven collections of chronicles, the penultimate of which, Lá Fora (2018), won the Grand Prize for Chronicles by the Portuguese Writers Association. He organized anthologies by Agustina Bessa-Luís, Rui Knopfli, Nelson Rodrigues and Graham Greene. He has translated poets and playwrights such as Hugo Williams, Tom Stoppard and David Mamet. He coordinates Tinta-da-China's poetry collection. He is co-director of Granta in Portuguese Language.
Tania Martuscelli is a literature and art critic and holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the United States. She specialized in the areas of literature and culture from the 2013th to the 2016st centuries in Portuguese. Her research focuses on the Portuguese avant-garde and transatlantic studies, especially between Portugal and Brazil. In addition to his books Mário-Henrique Leiria Inédito e Linhagem do Surrealismo em Portugal (XNUMX) and (Des)Conexões entre Portugal e o Brasil – Séculos XIX e XX (XNUMX), Martuscelli collaborates with several magazines specialized in art and literature in the world, such as Colóquio/Letras, Brasil/Brazil, Modernism/modernity and Portuguese Studies.
Fernando Cabral Martins Professor of Portuguese Literature at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is the author, in addition to fiction books, of articles and books on Portuguese literature and art: Cesário Verde ou a Transformação do Mundo (Communication, 1988), Modernism in Mário de Sá-Carneiro (Estampa, 1994), O Trabalho of Images (Arion, 2000), Julio. Magical Realism (Way, 2005). He organized several editions by Fernando Pessoa, Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Almada Negreiros, Alexandre O'Neill and Luiza Neto Jorge (at Assírio & Alvim, from 1996). He coordinated the Dictionary of Fernando Pessoa and Portuguese Modernism (Caminho, 2008).
Nuno Judice was born in Mexilhoeira Grande, Portimão, in 1949. A university professor, in 2009 he took over the direction of the Colóquio-Letras magazine of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He is one of the most important names in contemporary poetry. He received the most important national and international literary awards, including: Pen Clube (1985), D. Dinis Award from the Casa de Mateus Foundation (1990), from the Portuguese Writers Association (1995), Bordalo from Casa da Imprensa ( 1999), Cesário Verde and Ana Hatherly (2003) and Fernando Namora (2004). In 2013, he was distinguished with the XXII Reina Sofía Prize for Ibero-American Poetry (Spain); in 2104, with the Poetas del Mundo Latino Poetry Prize Víctor Sandoval (Mexico); in 2015, with the Argana Poetry Prize, from the Maison de la Poésie in Morocco and the Inês de Castro Foundation Literary Prize – Tribute of Consecration; and, in 2016, with El Ojo Crítico Iberoamericano de Radio Nacional de España.
Maria Bochicchio, philologist, translator, is a professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra and researcher at the Interuniversity Center for Camonian Studies. As a framework and work perspective, he is specifically interested in heuristic, intertextual, thematological investigation of philological and hermeneutic commentary. In recent years, she has dedicated herself to the study and dissemination of contemporary Portuguese poets and various aspects of inter-arts issues.
Filipa Martins was born in Lisbon, in 1983, and is an award-winning writer, novelist and screenwriter. She received the Revelation Award, in the Fiction category, awarded by the Portuguese Writers Association (APE), with Elogio do Passeio Público, her first novel. She also won the Young Creators Award from the Portuguese Club of Arts and Ideas with a mat. In 2009, she published her second novel, Quanta Terra. In 2014, Quetzal released his third novel, Mustang Branco, which was followed, with the same seal, In Memory of Rouxinóis (2018), Manuel de Boaventura Prize. A finalist for the Sophia Awards, from the Portuguese Academy of Cinema, she has devoted herself – over the last six years – to studying the life and work of Natália Correia, having co-authored a documentary and co-scripted a television series about this Azorean writer. She has just published the biography of Natália Correia, O Dever de Deslumbrar.
João de Melo was born in the Azores, in 1949, and studied on the mainland. He graduated in Romance Philology from the Faculty of Arts in Lisbon and was a teacher in secondary and higher education. Between 2001 and 2010, he held the position of Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Portugal in Madrid. Author of more than twenty books already published (essay, anthology, poetry, novel and short story), some of his works of fiction earned him several literary prizes, national and foreign, and were adapted for theater and television, being translated in Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, United States, Mexico and Croatia. The novel Gente Feliz com Lágrimas received the highest awards and continues to be a reference in his literary career. He was awarded the Vergílio Ferreira Prize in 2016, crowning his brilliant literary career.
Curriculum vitae of the curator
Carlos Vaz Marques was born in Lisbon on January 28, 1964. Carlos Vaz Marques (1964) is a journalist, translator and editor. He is co-author and coordinator of the Program Cujo Nome Somos Legalmente Impedidos de Dizer, which succeeds the Government Sombra program, created in 2008 in the company of Pedro Mexia, João Miguel Tavares and Ricardo Araújo Pereira, and currently broadcast by SIC Notícias. He is also an award-winning author on radio and television, notably, among these distinctions, the Scientific Journalism Prize for the report «Dari, Primata Como Nós», on the chimpanzees of Guinea-Bissau, and the Authors Prize, won three times : with the radio program Personal and… Transmissível, with the program Governo Sombra and with the documentary series broadcast by RTP Herdeiros de Saramago. He was, until 2018, the director of the literary magazine Granta Portugal, published by Edições Tinta-da-china since 2013. published titles. He has translated more than a dozen literary works and has published four books of interviews, one of them in Brazil.
Curriculum vitae of actors
After a stay in Paris, Lia Gamma debuted as an actress in Lisbon, in 1962, with the play Let's Tell Lies, by Manuel Santos Carvalho. In 1965, in Paris, she attended the Theater School of René Simon. Back in Portugal, she joined the cast of Teatro Estúdio de Lisboa, where, under the direction of Luzia Maria Martins, she participated in several plays between 1966 and 1968. In 1968, she joined the Teatro Experimental de Cascais, where she is directed by Carlos Avilez. With a long career in the field of acting, she has collaborated with different theater companies and has been directed by some of the most important Portuguese directors.
luis lucas attended the Higher Course for Actors Training, at the still National Theater Conservatory. She is a founding member of the group Comuna – Teatro de Pesquisa, with which she participated in several international theater festivals. She has worked with several theater companies such as Cómicos, Teatro da Cornucópia, Produções Teatrais, Teatro da Graça and Projeto Intercidades. She has played several characters in television projects, including: “Quer o Destino”, “Der Lissabon-Krimi”, “Prisioneira”, “Os Nosso Dias”, “Louco Amor”, “Dancin Days, “Maternidade”, Regresso a Sizalinda", "Mistura Fina", "Deixa-me Amar", "Eyes in the Eyes", "Ecuador", "Blood Ties", Let me take you", voice of the series "Conta-me como foi". In cinema he worked with João Botelho, Solveig Nordlund, Jorge Silva Melo, José Álvaro de Morais, Eduardo Geada, Peter Lilienthal, Paco R. Baños, Valeria Sarmiento, Daniel del Negro, Margarida Gil, Manoel de Oliveira, Luís Filipe Rocha, João Mário Cricket and Joaquim Leitão. In theater it was directed by João Mota, Osório Mateus, Jorge Silva Melo, Luís Miguel Cintra, Stephan Stroux, Carlos Fernando, Artur Ramos, Christine Laurent, António Feio, Alberto Lopes, São José Lapa, Rafaela Santos, Ana Támen and Carlos Alardo, interpreting texts by various authors.