Location: Portugal

Published by Eglantyne Books

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Antonio Canteiro

Canteiro has won literary prizes in Portugal but remains elusive and writes, appropriately and shyly, under a nom de plume. His real name is João Carlos Costa da Cruz, and he was born in 1964. He is a man with a powerful social conscience. He is a senior specialist worker in the field of the social reintegration of inmates at the Aveiro Regional Prison. He has also studied and written about the gypsy community of Porto. He has edited one magazine and founded two others. One of his novels won the Alves Redol Prize in 2009. Canteiro is also a professional flute player. It is hoped that the inspiration which he provides to his countrymen through his writings can spread more widely, with its sense of compassion and profound emotion, as well as his profound love for Portugal.