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Joana Bértholo is a novelist and a play-writer.

She spent many years abroad, in Europe and South America, with a highlight to the year spent in Buenos Aires, volunteering at Eloisa Cartonera, a very special book publisher that works with the «cartoneros», urban waste scavengers.

Joana holds a degree in Graphic Design (Lisbon’s Fine Arts Faculty) and a PhD in Cultural Studies (Europa-Universität Viadrina, in Germany). Her thesis was selected and published by Routledge UK.

Joana pursues a wide scope of interests through writing, using both the book as the stage as a platform to investigate on ecology, technology, sustainability, narratives, among others. She has published three novels, two books of short-stories and a children’s book with Editorial Caminho, one of the most prestigious Portuguese publishing houses; as well as other texts with other publishers in different collections and anthologies.

For the stage, she began by supporting the dramaturgy for four different creations by the choreographer Madalena Victorino. She then wrote nine short monologues for a Theatre Festival set in the centenary shops of Lisbon. After that she ventured her first long play («Quarto Minguante»), and has been collaborating with many different authors and actors of her generation, supporting their own creations.

On many occasions, Joana teaches or offers workshops, mostly on writing and fiction. She once began a publishing house for handmade and collectively produced books, and a free newspaper that reached 23 issues before it mysteriously ended. It was called “Pedal”, as she dreams to turn Lisbon into cycling heaven. In her free time she pursues her love for flamenco culture, working to become a (very) amateur flamenco dancer.




Shaping and Sharing


The book Shaping and Sharing features a group of essays by different authors on the topic of global sharing platforms and how they are affecting our lives.


Presented and distributed by the Bienal de Arte da Maia 2019.


Commissioned by


Sara Orsi


Edited by


Justin Jaeckle.



Isabel Lucena



36 pages

ISBN 978-972-8315-51-1





The Radiance of the Short-story: Fiction from around the Globe




Maurice A. Lee

Aaron Penn






ISBN 9789897553530

832 p.


Featured short-story: Horizontal Archaeology

Translated by Cecilia Beecher Martins

page 77













Joana Bértholo and Giuseppe Porcaro imagine a Europe where a hundred years from now geography has changed, the sea level has risen and a network of floating cities dominates what once was known as the Mediterranean sea.


A growing number of science fiction authors are talking about global warming overtly, imagining futures full of flooded cities, droughts, melting icecaps, and other disasters. There is even a new label used for this, climate fiction or “cli-fi”.

Shelley Streeby, a professor from the University of California recently published an extensive analysis of the role of speculative fiction in imagining the future of climate change. She reviewed the various activists, artists, and science fiction writers that, from the 1960s to the present, have imagined the consequences of global warming and its impacts on our future. Authors such as Octavia Butler and Leslie Marmon Silko, movie directors such as Bong Joon-Ho, and creators of digital media such as the makers of the Maori web series Anamata Future News have all envisioned future worlds during and after environmental collapse, engaging audiences to think about the earth’s sustainability. As public awareness of climate change has grown, so has the popularity of works of climate fiction that connect science with activism.

In this episode Joana Bertholo and Giuseppe Porcaro dive into cli-fi and imagine the impact of global warming on the coastal areas of Europe. We are a hundred years from now and geography has changed. The sea level has risen and the coastline of our continent has heavily changed.

How would this new geography of Europe look like?