With Amy Sackville and Valeria Vescina
Amy Sackville is a writer of fiction and a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Kent. Her most recent novel, Painter to the King, about Diego Velázquez and the court of Philip IV of Spain, was published by Granta Books earlier this year. Her first book, The Still Point, won the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Her second, Orkney, won a Somerset Maugham Award. She was educated at Leeds, Oxford and Goldsmiths.
Valeria Vescina was brought up in southern Italy, educated in Switzerland and the UK, and today lives in London. She is an author, critic and teacher, who writes literary and opera reviews for the European Literature Network (and its magazine The Riveter), Seen And Heard International and Talking Humanities, and runs creative writing workshops. As well as an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths (2012), she holds a Sloan MSc in Management (London Business School) and a degree in International Studies (University of Birmingham). Her first novel That Summer in Puglia explores universal themes – the importance of empathy and dialogue, the dangers of unresolved grief, the lifelong task of ‘connecting the fragments’ – through a tale set mostly in Puglia, whose rich layers of history are integral to the story.
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