Black words, black worlds

Saturday 27 October 2018, 13:45
Coronet Theatre, Studio

The inclusion and representation of black voices in the literary and cultural world is a prominent theme, in different ways, both in Italy and UK. In Italy, a country that has long struggled to come to terms with its colonial past, the voices of a new array of authors from the African diaspora have just recently started to be heard. Elsewhere in Europe and in the UK, black and ethnic minority voices have been contributing to the cultural debate for a long time now, yet their representation and inclusion seem to be still a complex issue.

This event will be in English and partly in Italian with English translation provided.

Running time: 80 minutes.

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Igiaba Scego

is at the forefront of a new generation of authors from different backgrounds who are revitalising  Italian literature. She was born in Rome to Somali parents who took refuge in Italy following a coup d’état in their native country. The UK edition of her novel Adua was published in 2019 by Jacaranda Books. After being a speaker at the opening session of FILL 2018, she is now the first speaker of "FILL in Edinburgh" with Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Sharmaine Lovegrove

is a publisher. After co-founding a literary scouting company and becoming literary editor for Elle UK, she now heads her own imprint, Dialogue Books (part of Little, Brown), with a focus on BAME voices and improving diversity in the literary world.

Marianne Tatepo

works in publishing in London. She has written for the Guardian, the Bookseller, Spread the Word and Brooklyn magazine, and was published in On Anxiety by 3 of Cups Press.