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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In an age of post-truth and media manipulation, how can we investigate some of the most controversial incidents of our times? Forensic Oceanography – the affiliate group of Turner Prize-nominated Forensic Architecture – is an independent research agency that documents the violence perpetrated against migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Like Forensic Architecture, it employs a range of advanced research techniques (including video, computer graphic, investigative journalism) on behalf of international prosecutors and human rights organisations. With the participation of Amnesty International, this talk will look at the current migration crisis from the first-hand perspective of those who are shedding light on it and fight to end human rights abuse against migrants.

Italy. Europe. The age of nationalism?

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Is there a way to fight the resurgence of nationalism? 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. After managing to become Italy’s main political player, the Lega seems to be the new driving force for 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 movements will try and seize the European Parliament.

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.