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Posted by portugalpress on December 04, 2018

Lagos resident and author Lena Strang is launching her book ‘Crossing Cultures in the Western Algarve’, available both in English and Portuguese, on Friday, December 14 at the cafeteria of Lagos Cultural Centre at 6.30pm.

Over the years, Lena has interviewed many local people about their lives and has done research into historic buildings and places of interest in the region. These stories have now been collated into book form. Following on the success of her first book ‘Touching Lives: Remarkable People and Places in the Western Algarve’ published three years ago, she decided to launch a second volume.

Here she focuses on the richness of the cultural heritage and the experiences of people in the different communities in the region. The wide-ranging chapters include exploration of the riches found buried deep in the Bay of Lagos, the passion for the graceful Lusitanian horses, the discovery of royal ancestry by a local resident, amongst many others.

She has also examined the lives of people living on the margin of society such as the nomadic gypsies in the region as well as the established resident gypsy population in Lagos. She also explored the history of the ‘Indians’ of Meia Praia and their situation today.

There will be a presentation (in both English and Portuguese) and a short film will be shown about the personalities featured in the book. Refreshments will also be served. There is an opportunity to acquire signed copies. The book, with over 100 colour photos, retails at €10.

Everyone is welcome.