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Memoir Writing: a literary journey into human resilience

May 19 2021

By Francesca Lombardo – I was 25 years old when I asked myself questions such as “why can’t she see me?”, “why can’t she hear me?”, “who is she?”, “who was she really when she was a child just like me?”. 

The person I wanted to ask all these questions was my mother. A mystery to me as a child, as a teen and as young women that I longed to unlock. But mostly a pain that leaves many daughters struggling with their sense of self-worth and a fractured identity; a yearning that turns into an abyssal void. It was then that I jotted down a letter to her, a letter that I have never sent.

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Chatting to the founder of Ragazze in gamba, the largest network of female slow walkers and hikers in Italy

Jan 25 2021

I recently met the founder of Ragazze in gamba, the largest network of female slow walkers and hikers in Italy – by Francesca Lombardo.

More than ever, slow walking and hiking have become popular activities for women to discover places, reconnect with the environment and nature, and detoxify, escape, and reconnect with ourselves.

When this happens in a country steeped in history, cultural sites, striking diversified nature and scenery, and walking paths, it is easy to understand how fast this trend has grown, gathering communities of slow walkers and hikers together, particularly women.

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Exclusive! “Ulysses was also a woman” says Nadia Terranova, author of Farewell, Ghosts

Nov 14 2020

By Francesca Lombardo. As last month I was nearing the ending of my memoir-novel writing I had the chance to attend a conference about female autobiographic writing at Insieme, a new literary Festival held at the Auditorium of Rome in October 2020, where two of the most interesting female writers of the Italian contemporary literary landscape, Nadia Terranova and Rossana Campo were speaking about female autobiographies and memoirs writing.

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Exclusive interviews with David Bowie Stardust filmmakers & cast explore why it has sparked fury from fans

Nov 01 2020

By Francesca Lombardo. Upcoming David Bowie film Stardust which will be released worldwide over the next couple of months, has premiered last month at the Rome Film Festival 14th Edition with the Director, Gabriel Range, lead actor Jonny Flynn and the producer  Fabien Westerhoff present at  Rome Film Festival 2020 to present it while the official trailers was released in the UK last Wednesday, sparking  fury from fans.

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Harry Macqueen talks about his movie Supernova at the Rome Film Fest 2020

Oct 21 2020

By Francesca Lombardo. UK filmmaker Harry Macqueen presents Supernova, his second feature at the Rome Film Fest 2020 as part of the Official Selection. A touching love story between a gay couple which needs to deal with the daunting and scare diagnosis of  dementia. The film cast benefits from stars of the stature  of Stanley Tucci in the role of a writer who will die of dementia and Colin Firth, his already grieving partner.

The film explores the challenging and universal themes of an announced loss of a loved one. 

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