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The Craft



The Craft

John Dickie in conversation with Marco Gambino

Chaired by Katia Pizzi

One of The Times Best Books of 2020, John Dickie’s The Craft (Hodder & Stoughton), published in Italy as I liberi muratori: Storia mondiale della Massoneria (Editori Laterza), is a book about the mysterious workings of Freemasonry, a movement that started in London in 1717 and spread across the globe within a few decades. Through the last three centuries, Masonic networks were so influential and persuasive that they attracted some of the most powerful men of their times, the likes of Winston Churchill and Walt Disney; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Shaquille O’Neal; Benjamin Franklin and Buzz Aldrin; Rudyard Kipling and ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody; Duke Ellington and the Duke of Wellington. But with millions of members across the globe, John Dickie’s book explores how the movement’s influence in the contemporary world is far from waning.

This event will focus on the role Freemasonry played in Italian history.

Professor John Dickie is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London. He is the author of international best-seller Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia, published in 2004, which won the CWA Dagger Award for Non-fiction that year, and went on to write the successful Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and their Food (2007) – now a six-part TV series for HIstory Channel Italia and other networks worldwide. His most recent books are Mafia Brotherhoods (2011) and Mafia Republic: Italy’s Criminal Curse (2013). In 2005 the President of the Italian Republic appointed him a Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana.

Marco Gambino is an Italian actor and producer who has been living in London since 1987. He made his London stage debut in 1997 appearing in Howard Corder’s Search and Destroy at the New End Theatre. He has since worked with several theatre companies acting in English, Italian and French. Notable acting work includes Words of Honor, a one man show about the Mafia from the book by journalist Attilio Bolzoni, his interpretation as Othello and Iago in Othello’s Guilt, an adaptation from Shakespeare’s Othello by Italian playwright Roberto Cavosi, Maria Callas the black pearl, by Federica Nardacci. Marco has also worked with various international Film and TV directors, appearing on both British and Italian television, and has recently played Benvenuto Cellini for BBC radio 3 program Blood and Bronze.


The Italian Cultural Institute has taken the decision to verify attendee Covid-19 status on arrival at the event. Adults will need to demonstrate either:
• proof of completion of a full course of vaccination, or
• proof of negative lateral flow test result taken within 48hr.
Face covering is required during the event, unless exempt. Sanitiser will be provided.



Date: Thursday, February 03, 2022

Time: At 6:00 pm

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute