Sydney: Migrant Italian Writing Between Memory and The Present

di | 1 Set 2015


A talk in English by Simonetta Agnello Hornby

Migrant Italian Writing Between Memory and The PresentAcclaimed Italian writer Simonetta Agnello Hornby, in Australia for a series of appearances at the Melbourne Writers Festival, will be in Sydney for a special event on Friday 28 August at the University of Sydney. Simonetta Agnello Hornby will talk about her experience of being a Sicilian living abroad and in Italy and about the relation between migration and literature. Migration (that encompasses modern day’s slavery) is probably the largest and more controversial phenomenon of today’s world, and is source of hate, fear, racism, integration, cultural enrichment, renewal, and growth. Simonetta Agnello Hornby will also examine the role of storytelling (old and new traditions), of cooking (identity, a way of communication through food) and of the media (internet, TV writing). Simonetta Agnello Hornby was born in Palermo in 1945. She obtained a law degree from the University of Palermo in 1968 and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas. In 1979, she founded Hornby & Levy, a community legal practice in Brixton, South London, and was a signatory member of the committee on multilingualism chaired by Amin Maalouf and prepared at the request of commissioner Orban of the European Commission. She has lived in the USA and Zambia, and currently resides in London. Agnello Hornby published her first novel, La Mennulara (The Almond Picker) in 2002, which went on to be a bestseller that has been translated to multiple languages. Her other works include La zia marchesa (The Marchesa) (2004), Boccamurata (Sealed Lips) (2007), Vento scomposto (There’s nothing wrong with Lucy) (2009), La monaca (The Nun) (2010), La cucina del buon gusto (with Maria Rosario Lazzati, 2012), Il veleno dell’oleandro (2013), Il male che si deve raccontare (with Marina Calloni, 2013) and Via XX Settembre (2013). Click to view the campus map For more information about Simonetta Agnello Hornby: