PORTUGAL | 2023
Rui Couceiro was born in Porto, in 1984. He holds a degree in Social Communication, a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and a postgraduate degree in Cultural Studies. He is proud to have grown up with skinned knees in the coastal town of Espinho. He was a national volleyball champion at all levels and considers the sport his most important school. During his adolescence, he decided that he wanted to be a journalist, and at fifteen began an eight-year journey on a local radio station. Following an internship in television he worked for the main news agency in the country, until he realized, in 2006, that journalism wasn’t for him after all, but rather backed himself on another passion – books. He was communication advisor and cultural coordinator at Porto Editora, the largest Portuguese publishing company, for ten years, until he took on the role of publisher at Bertrand in 2016, also part of the Porto Editora Group. There he successfully created the non-fiction imprint Contraponto, which led to his recent rise as one of the most recognized publishers in the country. In recent years, he has resumed his collaboration with the media: first, as co-author of a radio program about books and, currently, as a columnist in the press. Since 2021, he has been a member of the Cultural Council of the Eça de Queiroz Foundation (Eça de Queiroz, 1845-1900, one of the greatest Portuguese writers of all time). He abandoned a doctoral thesis in Cultural Studies to write his first novel.