We are happy to introduce the following jury members for Portugal:
José Manuel Lello, administrator at Livraria Lello and Lello Editores - President of the jury
José Jorge Letria, poet, writer, playwright, journalist, president of the Portuguese Society of Authors
João de Melo, writer, former teacher and diplomat
Isabel Lucas, journalist and literary critic
David Machado, writer, EUPL 2015 laureate
José Manuel Bernardes Pereira Lello (1958) has worked as an administrator at Livraria Lello since 1983. He is also part of the Lello Editores publishing house, both of which are recognised institutions in Portugal and beyond. José Manuel also served as the President of the Portuguese Association of Publishers and Booksellers (APEL) between 1995 and 1998, and was a member of the board of Portugal for the country’s representation as guest of honour at Frankfurt Book fair in 1997.
José Jorge Letria is a poet, writer, playwright and journalist born in Cascais in 1951. Awarded with numerous literary prizes, his works are translated in over a dozen languages, with both national and international awards. He is also a song writer and author of radio and television programs. He has a PhD in Communication Sciences and is President of the Portuguese Society of Authors. José Jorge Letria is the author of Going to the match, Strambolics, Face to face and the biographies of Fernando Pessoa, Almada Negreiros, Salgueiro Maia, Aníbal Milhais and Arisitides de Sousa Mendes, from the collection Great Portuguese lives, a co-edition Pato Lógico/INCM.
João de Melo was born on the island of São Miguel (Azores, 1949), but came to study in Lisbon at the age of eleven, and it is in this city where he has lived since 1967. Mobilized for the colonial war, he was in Angola between 1971 and 1974, as a sergeant nurse. After graduating in Romance Philology from the Faculty of Letters, he practiced the teaching profession in secondary and higher education. For nine years (2001-2010), at the invitation of the Portuguese Government, he assumed the position of cultural advisor at the Portuguese Embassy in Spain, carrying out there an unprecedented dissemination of Portuguese culture. Author of works of fiction (novels and short stories), essays, anthologies, poetry, chronicles of opinion and of travel, he has books translated in a dozen countries. He received prestigious literary awards, five of which were attributed to his best-known novel “Gente Feliz com Lágrimas”, and the Vergílio Ferreira Prize (in 2016) for his work as a whole.
Isabel Lucas is a journalist and literary critic. She started to do journalism on television and has since passed through the editorial staff of some of the main Portuguese newspapers and magazines. Freelance since 2012, she writes regularly for Público newspaper, collaborates with Ler and has collaborated with several national and international publications. Among many of his work in various journalistic areas, he has featured in articles and interviews with some of the most celebrated American authors. In 2016 he travelled to the United States for a year, a journey that started from Literature to try to understand the complex reality of this continent country. This resulted in the book Journey to the American Dream published in Portugal in June 2017. She is also the author of the book Vicente Jorge Silva - Conversations with Isabel Lucas, 2013. She lives between Lisbon and the United States since 2011.
David Machado was born in Lisbon in 1978. He has a degree in economics from ISEG, Lisbon's School of Economics and Management, but soon devoted himself to writing fiction and children's literature. In 2005, he was awarded the Branquinho da Fonseca Prize for his children's book A Noite dos Animais Inventados and, in 2010, he was awarded the SPA/RTP Author Prize, in the category for Best Children and Youth book, for O Tubarão na Banheira. He is the author of the short story collection Histórias Possíveis and the novels O Fabuloso Teatro do Gigante, Deixem Falar as Pedras and Índice Médio de Felicidade, as well as the children's books Os Quatro Comandantes da Cama Voadora, Um Homem Verde num Buraco Muito Fundo, A Mala Assombrada, Parece Um Pássaro and Acho Que Posso Ajudar. He has contributed work to the literary collections A Misteriosa Mulher da Ópera, Contos de Verão and O Segredo, and has published short stories in Portuguese and foreign newspapers and magazines. In 2015, he was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature for Portugal for his novel Índice Médio de Felicidade.