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. In 2018, the festival was back at the Coronet in Notting Hill on 27-28 October with an even stronger and timely programme, attracting nearly 2,000 people.
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 the festival, books by the authors in the programme are available at a book stall run by the Italian Bookshop. Visitors can buy drinks in the atmospheric bar of the theatre, and Italian street food is sold at quirky food stall.
Venue and accessibility: please read here.
The organising group is coordinated by director Marco Magini (author) together with Giorgia Tolfo (editor) and main founder Marco Mancassola (author). The group includes Claudia Durastanti (author and translator), Barbara Barbieri (literary agent), Paolo Nelli (author), Maddalena Vatti (editor), Leonardo Clausi (journalist and translator), Stefano Jossa (Royal Holloway University of London), Ilaria Albani (bookseller), Severino Antonelli (editor), Angelo Boccato (journalist), Livia Franchini (author and translator), Olga Campofreda (University College London), Arianna Manzin (publishing rights professional), Eleonora Sammartino (King’s College London), Gaia De Siena (digital communicator).
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.