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Fieramente il libro Literary Festival

fieramente 2Guest post from Maria Grazia Spila, on the Fieramente Literary Festival, Italy

Books and writers have always fascinated me since I was a child, as soon as I could read and write. My love for books found its expression both in my profession and in my free time activities, as I am an English teacher in Italy and a blogger, enthusiastically ready to spread my love for reading and books.

Fieramente il libro is a literary festival in its fourth year in my home town, Subiaco, 72 km from Rome. This is the place where St Benedict began to found monasteries after a period of hermitage and where the first book was printed in Italy. The setting for the festival is the Borgias’ fortress, where some historians believe that Cardinal Rodrigo’s children, Cesare and Lucrezia, were born.

You see? An ancient town with such a passionate and inspirational legacy must have a book festival. So a group of enthusiastic book lovers started it four years ago. Two dear friends of mine were among the founders, and I thank them for their energy and the enthusiasm in everything they do. I became a member of the reading jury three years ago and am now a member of the organizing committee.

Fieramente il libro offers a prize for published authors of fiction as well as a contest for unpublished writers of poetry and fiction. It has taken place each year in June but this year we may have to postpone the event, since we are still looking for the necessary funds. The money funds the prizes for the different categories of the contest, and also pays for the debates and the entertainment. Writers, journalists, and critics are invited to discuss books and literary topics, and musicians and actors create the festival atmosphere, in the day and during the evening.

fieramente 1I suggested to my friends in the festival that we begin a crowdfunding campaign online, to supplement the funds we may, or may not, receive from private sponsors. Even a tiny gift from close and distant friends could allow us to begin planning this year’s festival on a safe financial basis. The response so far has been encouraging and we’ve decided to go for broke. We’ll hold the festival in September instead of June, but we won’t let it die.

I’ve written about the event up on my blog (in 2014 and also here) in past years and, of course, I’ll do that again to share small and great achievements with readers and friends.

If you, like me, believe in the value of culture and the importance of reading as the highest means for its transmission, I’m asking you to click on the link to the page on Produzioni dal Basso crowdfunding for Il Fieramente, and to donate a little something to our festival. You’ll find the information both in Italian and in English (scroll down to read in English).

As the sea is made up of infinite little drops, so the survival of Fieramente il Libro depends on any little act of generosity from our friends and acquaintances.

Thanking you in advance for any help you’ll choose to give us


Maria Grazia

2 comments on “Fieramente il libro Literary Festival

  1. dholcomb1
    March 8, 2016

    I hope you get all the funds, Maria!


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