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.
Eva Ferri is the Publishing Director at Edizioni e/o, the Italian independent publishing house behind the global success of Elena Ferrante’s books. She is also the acquiring editor of foreign fiction for Europa Editions, sister company of Edizioni e/o. She studied Philosophy and Public Policy at the London School of Economics, and Jungian Psychoanalysis in Milan.
Lisa Appignanesi is a writer, novelist, and the Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. She has been Deputy Director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, and has produced various films for television. Her latest book is Everyday Madness: On Grief, Anger, Loss and Love (Harper Collins, 2018).
Reading by: Haydn Gwynne is an actress. She was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance for the comedy series Drop the Dead Donkey, and won the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Her other television roles include Peak Practice, Merseybeat, and The Windsors.
Chair: Marco Mancassola is a London-based author and the director of FILL.