2017 Edition

fill - Festival of Italian Literature in London

Saturday 21 October 2017

Saturday 21 October, 11:00, special event at the Italian Cultural Institute. Free
After Ferrante
With Rebecca Servadio, Christopher MacLehose, Eva Ferri, Josephine Greywoode

Literary scout Rebecca Servadio leads a panel discussion with prominent publishers and editors on the new “Italian wave” in the UK publishing market.

Saturday October 21, 14:45, Coronet Theatre - Auditorium. £ 5
Italian politics for dummies
With Christian Raimo, Jonathan Hopkin, Caterina Soffici

What is wrong (again) with Italian politics? The entire western world is in political turmoil, but when it comes to Italy, this turmoil seems to be deep and particularly complex.

Saturday October 21, 15:30, Coronet Theatre - Studio. Free event
With Serena Braida, Giorgia Bernardini

Literary magazine Colla presents Italians, a special issue entirely dedicated to female Italian authors living outside of Italy. The event includes readings by …

Saturday October 21, 16:45, Coronet Theatre - Auditorium. £ 5
Gateway to Europe
With Pietro Bartolo, Lidia Tilotta, Clare Longrigg

The moving and essential story of an Italian doctor who has worked for 25 years on the front line of what is perhaps the largest mass migration in human history. The island of Lampedusa has hit the world headlines …

Saturday October 21, 17:15, Coronet Theatre - Studio. £ 5
The present is female. Women in storytelling
With Ka Bradley, Jen Calleja, Claudia Durastanti, Sara Taylor

While we talk about new exciting ways to write across genders, women’s writing is still cornered as marginal or «exceptional».

Saturday October 21, 19:00, Coronet Theatre - Auditorium. £ 5
The last London? Present and future of a global city
With Iain Sinclair, Olivia Laing, Andrea Lissoni

‘Brexodus’, housing crisis, frantic development plans, homelessness, social isolation, corporate greed are just some of the issues that overshadow the present and future of London. What will be of this city we live in?

Saturday October 21, 21:00, Coronet Theatre - Studio. £5
Suburra. When in Rome, do as Netflix does
With Giancarlo De Cataldo, Hanif Kureishi, Suzi Feay

Based on the eponymous crime novel, set on the Roman coast, Suburra is Netflix’s first Italian Original Series, a new entry on the increasingly lively scene …

Saturday October 21, 18:15 and 20:30, Coronet Theatre - Bar. Free event
Sugo Collective DJ set

An Italian-inspired DJ set in the Café of the Festival.

Sunday 22 October 2017

Sunday October 22, 14:45, Coronet Theatre - Studio. £ 5
Il cielo in una stanza / This world we live in
With Simon Barraclough, Maria Borio, Alessandro Burbank, Marzia D’Amico, Chrissy Williams

Who is an Italian writer? Who can claim ownership of a language? In this unique collaborative performance, devised especially for FILL, five bilingual authors from different backgrounds …

Sunday October 22, 15:15, Coronet Theatre - Bar. Free event
Brexit for children
With Pierdomenico Baccalario

A kids-friendly literary event with Italian writer Pierdomenico Baccalario, who will be reading for the first time from a new Brexit-inspired story full of escapism, parallel worlds, and made-up words.

Sunday October 22, 16:30, Coronet Theatre - Auditorium. £ 5
Citizens of Nowhere?
With Helena Janeczek, Lauren Elkin

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.

Sunday October 22, 17:00, Coronet Theatre - Studio. £ 5
The secret history of Italian (and British) music
With Valerio Mattioli, Rob Young

Pop music, counterculture, movie scores, spaghetti western, progressive rock, obscure psychedelic sounds… What happened in Italy between the 1960s and 1970s opened up …

Sunday October 22, 18:45, Coronet Theatre - Auditorium. £5
With Zerocalcare

An evening with Italy’s most beloved cartoonist. (This event will be in Italian).

Sunday October 22, 18:00 and 20:15, Coronet Theatre - Bar. Free event
Sugo Collective DJ set

An Italian-inspired DJ set in the Café of the Festival.