JOANA BÉRTHOLO
(Lisboa, 1982)
is a novelist and a play-writer based in Lisbon.

She spent many years abroad, in Europe and South America, with a highlight to the year spent in Buenos Aires, volunteering at Eloisa Cartonera, a very special book publisher that works with the «cartoneros», urban waste scavengers.

Joana holds a degree in Graphic Design (Lisbon’s Fine Arts Faculty) and a PhD in Cultural Studies (Europa-Universität Viadrina, in Germany). Her thesis was selected and published by Routledge UK.

Joana pursues a wide scope of interests through writing, using both the book as the stage as a platform to investigate on ecology, technology, sustainability, narratives, among others. She has published three novels, two books of short-stories and a children’s book with Editorial Caminho, one of the most prestigious Portuguese publishing houses; as well as other texts with other publishers in different collections and anthologies.

For the stage, she began by supporting the dramaturgy for four different creations by the choreographer Madalena Victorino. She then wrote nine short monologues for a Theatre Festival set in the centenary shops of Lisbon. After that she ventured her first long play («Quarto Minguante»), and has been collaborating with many different authors and actors of her generation, supporting their own creations.

On many occasions, Joana teaches or offers workshops, mostly on writing and fiction. She once began a publishing house for handmade and collectively produced books, and a free newspaper that reached 23 issues before it mysteriously ended. It was called “Pedal”, as she dreams to turn Lisbon into cycling heaven. In her free time she pursues her love for flamenco culture, working to become a (very) amateur flamenco dancer.

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WORKS IN ENGLISH

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