FILL in Edinburgh

30 October 2019

Creole Italy. Igiaba Scego in conversation with Davide Messina

FILL goes to Edinburgh with this special event, launching a new exciting partnership with Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
For this opening session, you are invited to a conversation with Italian-Somali writer, scholar, and activist Igiaba Scego, who will be discussing Italian literature today as written by migrant authors.
As first suggested by scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “in Dante’s understanding of popular Italian as varieties of Creole and his choice of an aristocratic political Creole as ‘Italian’ we can situate our own project of Creolizing Europe within the beginnings of European nationalisms and nation states”. The literary work of Italian ‘migrant’ authors today represents the living link between the Creole ‘origins’ of Italian literature and its transnational future.

The conversation will include the reading of an excerpt from Scego’s new novel and a book signing of the English edition of her acclaimed novel Adua (Jacaranda 2019).

The event is organised by Italian Studies, University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Associazione Culturale Wimbledon-Festival La città dei lettori, Florence, and the support of the Italian Institute of Culture, Edinburgh.

The event is free but booking is recommended. Tickets:

Wednesday 30 October, 6 PM – 8 PM
Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh


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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.

Davide Messina

is Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies at the University of Edinburgh.


Carlo Pirozzi

is Teaching Fellow in Italian at the University of Edinburgh.