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Book club - “Alfonsina e la strada - from the Road to the Moon”: Encounter with the author Simona Baldelli



Book club - “Alfonsina e la strada - from the Road to the Moon”: Encounter with the author Simona Baldelli

For the series of literary encounters linked to the Book Club of our Institute, we are pleased to host the online conversation with the writer Simona Baldelli, whose novel "Alfonsina e la strada" has just been awarded the Memo Geremia prize.

Simona Baldelli will be in conversation with Enrica Maria Ferrara of Trinity College Dublin.

Free online event in Italian and English on Zoom platform available upon registration.

Register HERE.

"Alfonsina e la strada" is based on the true story of Alfonsina Strada, the first professional woman cyclist who competed in the Giro d’Italia of 1924, and a real pioneer of gender equality in sport. Born in squalor and poverty in 1891, Alfonsina was brought up in Fossamarcia, near Bologna. Her passion for cycling brought her to migrate to the city where she worked as a seamstress and, simultaneously, trained to become a racer. From her first country race at age 13, Alfonsina proceeded to break many records and became well respected in the field. Simona Baldelli’s novel accompanies the cyclist along her life journey throughout two world wars, two marriages, several international tours, her famous participation in the Giro d’Italia, where she competed against male cyclists, until her death on 13 September 1959.

Simona Baldelli was born in Pesaro and lives in Rome. She has worked for many years in the performing arts field as an actress, director, playwright, and cultural events manager. Her debut novel, Evelina e le fate (Giunti, 2013), set in the conuntryside of the Marche region during World War II, was shortlisted for the Calvino Prize and was awarded the John Fante Literary Prize in 2013. Her subsequent novels are Il tempo bambino (Giunti, 2014, shortlisted for the Onor d’Agobbio Literary Prize); La vita a rovescio (Giunti, 2016, Città di Cave Literary Prize); L’ultimo spartito di Rossini (Piemme, 2018); Vicolo dell’immaginario (Sellerio, 2019); Fiaba di Natale (Sellerio, 2020); Alfonsina e la strada (Sellerio, 2021, “Memo Geremia” Prize); La neve finché cade (Giunti, 2021).

Enrica Maria Ferrara lectures in Italian at Trinity College Dublin. She has published widely on Italian literature, theatre and cinema, collaborates with the Irish radio and the Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin. As a translator, her most recent volume is Disaster Narratives in Early Modern Naples (Viella, 2018), edited by Cecere et al. Her recent book-length publications include: Staged Narratives / Narrative Stages (co-edited with C. Ó Cuilleanáin, Franco Cesati, 2017); Posthumanism in Italian Literature and Film: Boundaries and Identity (ed., Palgrave Macmillan, 2020); Reading Domenico Starnone (co-edited with S. Milkova, 2021,


Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Time: From 6:30 pm To 7:30 pm

Organised by : IIC Dublino

In collaboration with : Trinity College Dublin

Admission : Free