Gabriela Rocha Martins has died

Funeral ceremonies will be on Saturday in Lisbon

Gabriela Rocha Martins, writer, poet, cultural activist, former librarian in Silves and director of the Casa-Museu João de Deus, in São Bartolomeu de Messines, a position she held until her retirement, died the day before yesterday, June 11th, at the age of 77.

Maria Gabriela Rocha de Gouveia Martins, who was born in Faro in 1947, but many decades ago he had taken Silves as his homeland, he graduated in the area of ​​Law, at the Classical University of Lisbon, and in Documentation Sciences, in the areas of Libraries and Documentation Centers.

She was a member of the Portuguese Language Society, member of the Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists, founding member (as writer) of the Association of Journalists and Writers of the Algarve (AJEA), representative in the Algarve of the Natália Correia Foundation and president of the board of directors of the Litterarius Prize , from Racal Clube.

He edited four books, having also published numerous articles and poems in specialized newspapers and magazines, and his texts and poems were also included in several anthologies.

The newspaper “Terra Ruiva”, by SB Messines, of which she collaborated for several years, recalls that, as an “active citizen in the community, she was part of the founding group of the newspaper “O Grés” (2000)”.

Editor and researcher Nuno Campos Inácio, in a post on his Facebook page, highlights Gabriela Martins as «a woman of letters, of libraries, of the Casa Museu João de Deus, of history, an unavoidable figure in the Algarve's cultural dynamics, with special emphasis on the municipality that he chose as his own: Silves!»

Gabriela Martins' funeral ceremonies will take place on June 15th (Saturday), between 10 am and 00 pm, in the Chapel of the Alto de São João Cemetery, in Lisbon.



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