2017 Madeira Literary Festival

Festival’s seventh edition to be held between the 14th and 18th of March.


The 7th edition of the Madeira Literary Festival (MLF) is set to take place between the 14th and 18th of March on several spots in Madeira. This event is all about national and international literature with this year’s edition having ‘Literature and the Web – in between fear and freedom’ as its headline.

Every year, this event organised by ECA – Eventos Culturais do Atlântico, brings together authors and journalists for a week of meetings, debates, concerts, book signings and other such activities.

This year, the music will be left in the more than capable hands of Teresa Salgueiro, former vocalist for the ‘Madredeus’ group, who will be at the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre on March 17th, with her most recent record ‘Horizonte’.

This festival is not new and has been taking place since 2011 with guest appearances of authors celebrated both nationally and internationally such as Eduardo Lourenço, Alberto Manguel, Helder Macedo, Naomi Wolf, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Mia Couto, Samar Yazbek, Lídia Jorge and Zygmunt Bauman.

The ECA’s goals are those of encouraging of artistic and pedagogic practice, organising international events and developing new ITs.



Svetlana Alexievich

The writer and journalist awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 2015 will be in Funchal, talking to journalist Luís Caetano, for the festival’s opening session.

Born in 1948 in Ukraine, she has birthed a new approach to non-fictional literary prose by writing ‘novels of many voices’ departing from real interviews she conducts.

The Unwomanly Face of War was her first published novel and gathers the testimonies of over 200 women with soldier roles. Published in 1985, it was rather polemic and led to her exile. In 2011 she finally returned to Minsk, capital of Belorussia.

She is the recipient of a long list of international awards such as the 2006 Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction, the Ryszard Kapuscinski 2011 award and the 2013 Prix Medicis Essai award.


Pepetela and Ondjaki

The authors born in Angola are also invited guests of the festival’s 7th edition and will partake in a talk to be moderated by journalist Fernando Alves.
With a degree in sociology, Pepetela started his literary and political activities at Casa ds Estudantes do Império where he devoted himself mostly to the contemporary history of Angola. In 1997 he was the recipient of the Camões award, thus establishing his ‘prominent place in lusophone literature’, as per the MLF’s statement.

Ondjaki is the author of novels, short stories, poetry, children’s literature and screenplays for film and theatre. Recipient of the 2014 Saramago award for his piece Os Transparentes, he is an artist of many faces, interested in writing, theatre, painting, and has co-directed a documentary on Luanda.


Valter Hugo Mãe and Marcelino Freire

Valter Hugo Mãe, winner of the 2007 José Saramago Award for Literature and Marcelino Freire, winner of the 2006 Jabuti Award will take part in a talk moderated by Maria João Costa.

According to the MLF, Valter Hugo Mãe is one of the current most prominent Portuguese authors. He has written seven novels which have been translated into several languages and has published other writings targeting children

Born in Brazil, Marcelino Freire published his first novel Nossos Ossos in 2013 and is set to publish Decomposição in 2017. He is founder and curator of ‘Balada Literária’, an annual event that gathers national and international writers in Vila Madalena, São Paulo.