Yovanka Paquete Perdigao

Guinea-Bissau

Yovanka is a writer, editor, and translator. She grew up in Guinea-Bissau until the age of six when a civil war forced her to relocate to Lisbon. Her writing has been  inspired by her early experience of conflict. When she returned to Guinea-Bissau after more than 20 years, she became interested in researching Portuguese colonial legacies in Lusophone Africa, discovering the impact across oceans and in her own family. Yovanka has since worked to champion Lusophone African stories. Her manuscript “1998” was shortlisted for Penguin 2016 WriteNow and the Miles Morland 2019 scholarship. She is the Assistant Editor at Dedalus Books and fomerly 1/3 of the "Not Another Book Podcast." 

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