DJ set

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Help us bring the curtain down on FILL 2018 while we celebrate with a DJ set by Francesco Nerini.
No booking required. Entry subject to capacity.

My brilliant novels… and TV series

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Novel and TV series: the debate on the relationship between these two intertwined forms of fiction is revived by an upcoming new HBO-Rai drama, based on Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend and her other Neapolitan Novels. We celebrate the upcoming international release of the series with a stage reading from Ferrante’s work, followed by a conversation with special guests on how Ferrante’s work has helped reshape the literary geography of our times. After resonating with the conscience of a global readership, her work is now poised to find yet another new audience on the world’s screens.

Long live the European novel

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The old good European novel used to be full of cosmopolitan and experimental characters, obsessed with Mitteleuropa and exile. Things have changed quite a bit, so what’s the European novel in the age of Brexit and deaths at sea in the Mediterranean? In this extraordinary panel discussion, two major award-winning writers discuss how the tradition of the European novel can still try to establish a new canon in the face of political turmoil, investigating the bleeding edges of Europe and switching the focus onto neglected geographies and voices.

London as a second language

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Three authors born outside of the UK, each with a different background, discuss what it means to become a Londoner. Being a foreigner, finding a home, embracing a different language along with the London state of mind – what does all this mean, especially if you’re a writer? The three authors are all included in Lucifer over London / London as a second language, a collection of short stories devised by Babel (Festival of Translation in Bellinzona, Switzerland) and published by Milan-based Humboldt Books.

Detecting violence

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Forensic Architecture is an independent agency that includes architects, scholars, artists, filmmakers, software developers, investigative journalists, archaeologists, lawyers, and scientists. It undertakes advanced research activities on behalf of international prosecutors, human rights organisations, and political and environmental justice groups. The agency has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2018 for its innovative methods of sourcing and visualising evidence relating to human rights abuses. With its affiliate group, Forensic Oceanography, it has investigated some of the most violent and controversial incidents of the recent years, including incidents with migrants’ boats in the Mediterranean, the Grenfell Tower disaster, chemical weapon attacks in Syria, and other cases.

Italy. Europe. The age of nationalism?

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The second day of our festival starts with a panel discussion about politics in Italy, in Europe, and the dark force that seems to increasingly connect them: nationalism. After managing to become Italy’s main political player, the Lega seems to be a new driving force of Europe’s nativist parties. All eyes are now set on the next European Elections, when, while the EU will still be rebounding from the Brexit divorce, nationalist and eurosceptic movements will try and seize the European Parliament. Is there a way to fight the resurgence of nationalism?

Wretched strangers

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An exclusive poetry performance featuring authors from Wretched Strangers, a poetry anthology that marks the contribution of innovative foreign-born writers to UK’s poetry culture. Published to commemorate the anniversary of the 2016 EU Referendum, Wretched Strangers documents the challenges faced by writers from elsewhere, while offering hopeful re-conceptions of “shared foreignness”. Proceeds from the book are donated to charities fighting for the rights of refugees. A Q&A will follow the performance.

Translation workshop

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A special workshop with translator Vincenzo Latronico (also a panelist in The politics of translation). Drawing from his experience as a lecturer and with running workshops, Vincenzo will use samples from different translations of F.S. Fitzgerald’s work to offer an introduction to literary translation, inviting the participants to take part in a few simple interactive activities. Just bring a notebook, a pen, and your passion for words.

DJ set

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Join us in the atmospheric theatre’s bar for a special DJ set.
No booking required.
Entry subject to capacity.

Special event

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Special event to be announced shortly.