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Italian Inspirations: Ali Smith on Giorgio Bassani



Italian Inspirations: Ali Smith on Giorgio Bassani

"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.

Guest of the eighth and last encounter will be Ali Smith, talking about Giorgio Bassani’s novels.


Ali Smith is the author of several novels, plays and short story collections. Her novels have won many prizes and have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2001 (Hotel World), 2005 (The Accidental), 2014 (How to be both) and, most recently, 2017 (Autumn).

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to literature.

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.

This event is staged on the occasion of the XVII edition of the Settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo (16-22 ottobre 2017). Under the high patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.


Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

Organized by : IIC Londra

Entry : Free


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