Book club celebrates

More than 20 members of the Alfa literary salon gathered to celebrate the club’s first anniversary in the English language, with local author Paul McKay as guest speaker on April 6.

“The highlight of the evening was Paul McKay, who, in spite of informing us about his nervousness, entertained the audience better than a lot of more experienced authors,” said club spokesman Barbara Fellgiebel. “Listening to his lesbian pigs called Camilla and Charlie and his brave attempts in the delicate field of artificial insemination had the audience in stitches. No wonder that his book A year in Monchique sold more copies.”

Crime fiction writer Robert Wilson will be speaking at the next Alfa meeting on May 4 at the Convento de São José in Lagoa from 7.30pm.

The Alfa club is also launching its fourth annual multimedia competition themed ‘Typically Algarve – impressions, adventures, experiences, visions’. Entries can be a painting, photograph, sculpture, song or any other medium and must be entrants’ own work.

These will be exhibited in an interactive exhibition in the Convento São José where visitors vote for their favourite item.

The winner will receive Alfi, the club’s mascot which is a reading rat designed in Raku ceramic technique by German artist Christa Widmann. The best entries will be published in a book.

For more information, please telephone Barbara Fellgiebel on 282 413 160 or email fellgiebel@mail.telepac.pt.