After Ferrante

fill - Festival of Italian Literature in London
Saturday 21 October, 11:00, special event at the Italian Cultural Institute. Free

Despite the traditional difficulties of translated literature in the English-speaking world, contemporary Italian literature is having a blast in the UK: over sixty books were translated within the past year, and twenty publishing houses were involved. The worldwide success of Elena Ferrante’s books has paved the way, but all sorts of different Italian books and novels are now being translated. Literary scout Rebecca Servadio leads a panel discussion with prominent publishers and editors on the new “Italian wave” in the UK publishing market.

This event will be in English. As a special opening event, it will be held at the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrave. The rest of the Festival will take place at the Coronet Theatre, starting from the early afternoon.

Running time: approx. 80 minutes.


Rebecca Servadio is a literary scout. She is managing partner in literary scout agency MSPT.

Christopher MacLehose is a British publisher who in 2008 founded the MacLehose Press, an imprint of Quercus Books.

Eva Ferri is an editor at E/O, the Italian publishing house behind the global success of Elena Ferrante’s work.

Josephine Greywoode is commissioning editor at Penguin Random House UK.


Chair: Marco Delogu is the director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London.