FREE EVENT in the Italian language OH, FREEDOM at the The Italian Cultural Institute including FREE Italian ice-cream

Unmissable event for Italian speaking families in London: Sunday 3 July – 4pm The Italian Cultural Institute and the Scuola Italiana a Londra celebrate the publication of OH, FREEDOM by Francesco D’Adamo, translated into Italian by Siân Williams. This event is suitable for children aged 9 upwards and is followed by superb Italian style afternoon snacks and ice cream kindly offered by Gelateria Badiani – Winner Gelato Festival 2015 

This book is incredibly current especially in the light of what’s happening in Europe at this moment in time and especially good to explain to children who have dual nationalities that it is a privilege not a disadvantage to be different and multicultural.

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Just what is freedom? And how to reach it when you have to leave the only world you’ve ever known? Ten year-old Tommy and his family decide to leave Alabama and the slave settlement where they live, in search of a better life. They set out to follow the Underground Railroad – a network of secret routes and safe houses – all the way to Canada, relying on good will and the skill of their guide, Peg Leg Joe, who uses songs as secret codes to help the fugitives find their way safely. Packed with fascinating historical detail, D’Adamo’s well-constructed novel asks questions that are all too pertinent today: How far would we go to help people fleeing their home in the hope of starting a better life?
Award-winning writer Francesco D’Adamo will give a talk (in Italian with English translation) and actor Samuel John will read extracts of the book (published in the UK by Darf) in English.

Francesco D’Adamo lives in Italy. His books have been widely translated. Two of his children’s novels, My Brother Johnny and Iqbal, published in the UK, have received much critical acclaim, winning him the New York Christopher Award for Adolescents and the cento Prize in Italy. In 2004 he also won the International Reading Association Teachers’ choices Booklist Prize. Oh, Freedom has just been awarded the Premio Asti D’Appello Junior.
Sian Williams has translated many Italian authors including Dacia Maraini. She is founder and director of the Children’s Bookshow, an annual national tour promoting literature for young people around the UK. She lives and works in London.

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Gelato Festival Firenze


If you love ice-cream don’t miss a FREE Gelato masterclass this Friday 1st July 2016 from 12-2pm at Old Spitafields Market. Details here

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