- What's on
- Food & Drink
- Get Involved
What's on (archive)
May Festival of Ideas: Italo Calvino - A Life
Please note: this event took place in July 2013
Michael Wood & Martin McLaughlin
Italy's most important postwar novelist, Italo Calvino achieved worldwide fame with such books as Cosmicomics, Invisible Cities, and If on a Winter's Night a Traveller. But he was also an influential literary critic, an important literary editor, and a masterful letter writer whose correspondents included Umberto Eco, Primo Levi, Gore Vidal, Leonardo Sciascia, Natalia Ginzburg, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Luciano Berio.
Michael Wood and Martin McLaughlin, editors of the new collection of Calvino letters, talk about his work, his writings, culture and politics, as well as his life, with, among other events, his resignation from the Communist party, his eye-opening trip to the US in 1959-60, his move to Paris, and his trip to his birthplace in Cuba.
Biographies: Michael Wood is professor of English and comparative literature at Princeton University. His most recent books are Yeats and Violence and A Very Short Introduction to Film.
Martin McLaughlin is the Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Oxford. He is the translator of Calvino's Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings, Into the War, and Why Read the Classics?, which won the John Florio Prize for translation. He is also co-translator of Calvino's The Complete Cosmicomics.
Ticket prices: £7.00 full / £6.00 concessions
May Festival of Ideas
Please note: this is a old season with no further events to see
The Bristol Festival of Ideas returns with over 70 events on religion, the wild, science, feminism, a celebration of the work of E P Thompson, the working class on film, bravery, the Left and the Right, immigration, physics, food, economics and more.
Past events and screenings that were part of this season
The story of Afrobeat pioneer, multi-instrumentalist, human rights activist and all round rhythmic genius Fela Kuti is brought to captivating life by Oscar®-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney.
Adibah from Rife Magazine finds out all about nos, how to stay safe and whether it's even worth all the fuss. After all, surely a giggle can't be that bad for you?!