The second edition of Folio – Óbidos International Literature Festival, is taking place in Obidos, Portugal, until October 2, under the theme Utopia. Among its main invited writers, are Salman Rushdie and the Nobel-prize winning writer V.S. Naipaul.
The programme features 43 writers and 18 roundtables, discussing topics such as the Portuguese-speaking universe, poetry, theatre, as well as south-american, european and african literatures. “There are also 24 illustrators, 18 literary proposals, 17 exhibitions, 16 presentations, 15 concerts, 12 classes, 11 cinema sessions, eight staged readings, eight performances, many books to eat, four daily trains between Lisbon and Obidos that are real librares,” says José Manuel Diogo, Folio’s communication director, in a note sent to the press.
Among the Portuguese-speaking writers, the highlights are Miguel Sousa Tavares and Afonso Cruz, or the Angolan writer Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida and the Icelandic writer Jón Kalman Stefánsson.