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Italian Inspirations: Sarah Dunant on Maria Bellonci



Italian Inspirations: Sarah Dunant on Maria Bellonci

“Italian Inspirations” is a series of eight encounters in which a prominent British or UK-based author talks about an Italian writer – either classic or contemporary – whose work they especially admire. Curated and moderated by Boyd Tonkin, each event will take the shape of an informal conversation about the ways in which writers read, and respond to, their great precursors or their distinguished contemporaries.

After Hanif Kureishi, guest of the second encounter will be Sarah Dunant, discussing about Maria Bellonci’s novels set in renaissance Italy.

Next events will follow on Wednesdays 7th and 21st June, 6th and 20th September, 4th and 18th October. The list of guest authors wil be published soon.


Sarah Dunant is a novelist, journalist, broadcaster and critic. She sits on the editorial board of the Royal Academy Magazine and reviews for The Times, The Guardian, and The New York Times. She contributes regularly to radio, and is an occasional presenter for BBC Radio 4’s opinion slot ”A Point of View”. She teaches biennially at Washington University in St. Louis in its Renaissance studies course. She has written a number of historical books set in Renaissance Italy, and has been shortlisted in 2010 for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction.

Boyd Tonkin is literary critic for the Financial Times, Economist and Spectator, and former literary editor of The Independent. He is a special advisor to the Booker International Prize for which he was also chair of the judges in the 2016.


Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


ICI London