Joaquim Arena was born on the island of São Vicente in Cape Verde in 1964 and moved with his family to Portugal aged 6. After studying Law, he worked as a journalist, first in Portugal, then in Cape Verde. He has written four books: 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 [Under Our Skin – A Journey] (2017). He is currently the Culture and Communications Advisor to the President of Cape Verde.

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