Theresa May said that “if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.” Issues of belonging, roots, community and bonds seem to matter more than ever in the Brexit-era world. In this panel, two international authors discuss how these issues have been affecting their writing and how literature can prove populist politics wrong.
Melania Mazzucco is an Italian writer. In 2003 she was awarded the Strega Prize, Italy’s leading literary award, for her novel Vita (published in the UK by MacMillian). Her latest novel, Io sono con te – Storia di Brigitte (Einaudi, 2016) tells the powerful story of an asylum seeker in Rome.
Lauren Elkin is a Franco-American writer and is most recently the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London (Chatto & Windus, 2016). She co-founded the Citizens of Everywhere project at the University of Liverpool, overseeing the publication of a series of related articles in The Guardian.
Chair: Claudia Durastanti is a writer and translator based in London.