In 2017, an independent literary festival conceived in London in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum by a group of Italians sold out all seats and gathered some 1,500 people. The Festival of Italian Literature in London (FILL) brought prominent Italian, British, and international authors together in a treasured Victorian theatre. This year, the festival is back at the Coronet in Notting Hill on 27-28 October with an even stronger and timely programme.
FILL is the brainchild of an independent group of London-based Italian authors, journalists, translators, and academics, and is organised with the Italian Cultural Institute in London. Print Room at the Coronet has teamed up with the organisers to host the festival sessions in their beautiful spaces (Auditorium, Studio, and Bar).
At FILL 2018, books by the authors in the festival programme will be available at a book stall run by the Italian Bookshop. Visitors will be able to buy drinks in the atmospheric bar of the theatre, and Sicilian street food from an Etnacoffee‘s stall.
Venue and accessibility: please read here.
The organising group is coordinated by artistic director Marco Mancassola (author) and includes Claudia Durastanti (author and translator), Marco Magini (author), Giorgia Tolfo (editor), Barbara Barbieri (literary agent), Livia Franchini (author and translator), Leonardo Clausi (journalist and translator), Paolo Nelli (author), Stefano Jossa (Royal Holloway University of London), Ilaria Albani (bookseller), Severino Antonelli (editor), Arianna Manzin (publishing rights professional), Angelo Boccato (journalist), Gemma Trevisani (literary scout), Olga Campofreda (University College London), Eleonora Sammartino (King’s College London), Maddalena Vatti (editor).
Advisers to the festival are Sarah Braybrooke (Scribe), Rebecca Servadio (literary scout), Beatrice Finauro (digital strategist), Anna Viola Sborgi (King’s College London), Andrea Lissoni (Tate Modern), and an amazing network of supporters in London, in Italy, and elsewhere.
FILL is made possible thanks to the crucial collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute in London, and is included in the British Council’s programme Italy-UK Partners for Culture. To see all our supporting partners, please check our sponsors and partners page.
The festival’s poster and the web design are by Victor Cavazzoni. The festival’s logo and other graphic designs are by Christian Tecchio.