Launch of children’s book

10 de November, 2023

“Once upon a time there was an invisible bug” is the title of the children’s book that will be presented on 26 November at the Soares dos Reis National Museum, starting at 3pm.


Written by Maria Amélia Paiva and illustrated by Joyce Veiga, the book takes us back to the period of the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid) virus pandemic and its consequences.


The challenges faced at the time are narrated and illustrated with some humour to remind us that the world is made up of unforeseen events and that each of us can always play an active role.

Maria Amélia Paiva

Maria Amélia Paiva has a degree in History, Art variant, from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto, and a Master’s degree in History of Art in Portugal from the Department of Heritage Sciences and Techniques.

She has published several academic papers on civil architecture, with a special focus on the noble houses of the Ponte de Lima municipality. She is the author of the book “The shutters in the municipality of Ponte de Lima: structures, functions and meanings”, published by the Ponte de Lima Town Council, and of several articles in magazines.

She has taken part in national and international congresses with public presentations of her research work. She has also worked for private companies on written assignments. She is the creator of two senior groups, UPA (Unidos pela Arte) and Mais Além, which aim to energise the lives of older people, giving them back dignity and quality of life through new cultural experiences.


Joyce Veiga

Graduated in Agricultural Engineering from the University of São Paulo, and Occupational Safety Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She worked for 15 years in the automotive and oil industries.

Eight years ago she made a radical career change to follow her dream of working in design. He has lived in Portugal for 4 years.

He has created more than 700 drawings for clients in Brazil, the United States and Europe, and has illustrated several books.