An award winner writer focusing on the migrations issues in Portugal and abroad.
Fernando Dacosta (1945, Tentativa, Luanda – Angola) is a respected Portuguese writer with extensive work in fiction writing, playwriting, and journalism. The beginning of his career as a reporter of Europa Presse allowed him to move inside the political atmosphere of the pre-revolutionary Portuguese dictatorship regime and meet the most important figures of that time, amongst them the autocratic president Salazar. This atmosphere was largely depicted and was a central theme to Dacosta books, some of which won important literary prizes in Portugal: “A Second Hand Jeep” (won the RTP Theatre Prize; was celebrated by the Portuguese Critics Association and the Press House), “The Widower” (Grand Prize Círculo de Leitores / LER), “The Returnees Changed Portugal” (Portuguese Press Club Prize).
In total the author won ten prizes, but it was his distinction with the Order of Prince Henry for promoting the culture and history of Portugal, as well as with the formal invitation for joining the Lisbon Sciences Academy, that Dacosta became legitimated amongst his peers. In addition to his academic and written activities, Dacosta had a television programme about literature on the public Portuguese channel RTP1, and was co-editor of the prestigious national publisher Relógio D'Água.