As part of the “Escola da Minha Vida” Project, Aver-o-Mar School took part in the Grand Final of the Writing Olympics, at the Diana Bar Library in Póvoa de Varzim, with 159 students from the county’s elementary and secondary schools.
The session began with a greeting from the Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Education, Dr Luís Diamantino, who praised the interest and commitment shown over the years by the students and teachers.
The visiting writer, Tiago Salazar, was introduced by Dr Luís Diamantino. Tiago Salazar, a writer and journalist, shared with the audience his experience of literary tuk tuk journeys in Lisbon and set the tone for the task that the students would undertake.Starting with his first book “Sentimental Journeys” (2007), in which he describes one of the longest journeys he has ever made, to one of the most inhospitable areas in the world, Siberia, something really strange happened to him in the middle of the journey: he missed his train! However, he was helped by a taxi driver who, with communication difficulties, took him to the Mongolian border. The students were challenged to create a piece of prose or poetry for the competition.
After this stage, the works will be judged by a jury made up of a teacher representing each school and a guest from the municipality. The students from Aver-o-Mar Primary School have won prizes over the years. This year they have worked to ensure that they can be selected among the best in each class and category.