Joaquim Arena was born on the island of São Vicente in Cape Verde in 1964. He moved with his family to Portugal aged 6. After studying Law, he worked as a journalist, first in Portugal, then in Cape Verde. As well as Siríaco e Mister Charles [Siríaco and Mister Charles] (2022), Arena has four earlier titles to his name: the novella Um Farol no Deserto [A Lighthouse in the Desert] (2000), the novels A Verdade de Chindo Luz [The Truth About Chindo Luz] (2006) and Para Onde Voam as Tartarugas [Where Turtles Fly] (2010) and the non-fiction Debaixo da Nossa Pele – Uma Viagem (2017), which is due to be published by The Unnamed Press as Under Our Skin in Jethro Soutar’s translation at the end of 2022.

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