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Italian Book Club LIVE – Meet the author Giulia Alberico

The Italian Institute of Culture, in collaboration with Enrica Maria Ferrara, lecturer of Italian at Trinity College Dublin, will host Giulia Alberico, the author of the book “La Signora delle Fiandre” (PIEMME Mondadori, 2021).

The book traces the complicated history of the European 16th century through the eyes of one of the most influential women of the time. With chiseled and lyrical writing, Giulia Alberico lays bare the painful and restless soul of Margaret of Austria,
natural daughter of Charles V, Duchess of Florence, Parma and Piacenza and then Governor of Flanders.

This meeting will allow the author to reveal the background of this mysterious character and the historical accuracy behind the writing of the this novel.

In Italian and English.

Free event with reservation. At the end of the event, a glass of wine will be offered.



Giulia Alberico is an Italian writer of fiction and non-fiction. She was a secondary school teacher for many years before she published her acclaimed collection of short-stories, Madrigale (Sellerio 1999, prize Arturo Loria 2000). Other work includes: Il gioco della sorte (Sellerio 2002), Il corpo gentile. Conversazione con Massimo Girotti (Sossella 2003), Come Sheherazade (Rizzoli 2004), I libri sono timidi (Filema 2007), Notizie di Aligi. Sei narratori abruzzesi (Carabba 2009) Sicuramente ho rubato. Conversazioni sulla scrittura, i libri, la scuola, con Simone Gambacorta (Duende 2012), Grazia (SEM 2017), La signora delle Fiandre (Piemme 2021). She collaborates with the national newspaper L’Osservatore romano.

Enrica Maria Ferrara is a scholar in Italian at Trinity College Dublin, a translator and writer. She has translated texts by Simona Baldelli, Italo Calvino, Baltasar Porcel, Domenico Starnone, among others. A recent translated volume is Disaster Narratives in Early Modern Naples (Viella, 2018), edited by Cecere et al. Recent authored and edited volumes include Il realismo teatrale nella narrativa del Novecento: Vittorini, Calvino, Pasolini (Firenze University Press, 2014); Staged Narratives / Narrative Stages (Franco Cesati, 2017, edited with Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin), Posthumanism in Italian Literature and Film: Boundaries and Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Silvia Bertoni teaches Italian language and culture at Trinity College Dublin. For about 30 years she has been involved in language teaching at all levels and in a wide range of settings. She has also been active in teacher training and mentoring, curriculum development, outreach activities, and materials development. She has extensive experience in publishing and editing teaching and learning materials for Italian as a first, second and foreign language. Her interests are linked to language teaching and learning in its many facets, including the intersections between language, literature, history and the arts.

Reservation no longer available

  • Organized by: IIC Dublino
  • In collaboration with: Trinity College Dublin