Cape Verde's president wins Guerra Junqueiro Literary Award

Jorge Carlos Fonseca

Jorge Carlos Fonseca

Writer and poet Jorge Carlos Fonseca has won the Guerra Junqueiro Literary Award, to be presented in 2020, by "a unanimous deliberation of the jury"

Commenting on the award, which was presented as part of the Freixo de Espada à Cinta Literary Festival (Portugal), Cape Verde's President Jorge Carlos Fonseca said, "I was surprised and happy to receive the news."

The prize has been awarded since 2017 and is one of the highlights of the festival, which is held by the City Council and Editorial Novembro in the hometown of renowned Portuguese writer Guerra Junqueiro.

However, according to the message from Cape Verde's president, the award will only be presented next year, at a "ceremony for that specific purpose, probably in Cape Verde."

In 2017 the prize was awarded to poet Manuel Alegre; in 2018, to poet Nuno Júdice; and this year to José Jorge Letria - writer, poet, journalist and musician.

The literary festival celebrates the life and work of poet Guerra Junqueiro (1850-1923), described as "an unquestionable figure in Portuguese literature," and with roots in Freixo de Espada à Cinta (Bragança).