The Festival has always crossed the arts, becoming a creative open-air workshop.
Many activities, workshops, laboratories, exhibitions and installations enrich the kaleidoscopic universe of Taobuk.
WISELY GUIDED BY THE TEACHERS OF THE HOLDEN SCHOOL – FOUNDED BY THE WRITER ALESSANDRO BARICCO – A WORKSHOP DEDICATED TO THE REVOLUTION THAT CAN ARISE FROM WRITING AND THE POTENTIAL OF LITERATURE.
The lessons will be divided into two parts: in the morning with Eleonora Lombardo, and in the afternoon with Evelina Santangelo, exploring from different angles the techniques that every good author must master in order to transport himself and his readers to other universes ruled by laws different from those that guide the world. The attendees will be challenged to leave for a journey where everything is possible, as only can happen between pages.
The workshop will be held in one of the most charming places in the city: Casa Cuseni, the house that hosted Lord Bertrand Russell, Tennessee Williams, David Herbert Lawrence, Ezra Pound. The place where Greta Garbo’s mirror still hangs, where there is the desk on which Roald Dahl wrote The Chocolate Factory and where the Chanel logo was perhaps conceived. The house whose esoteric garden was designed by Sir Frank Brangwyn.Casa Cuseni,
There is no revolution without displacement. There is no displacement without fun.
Starting from Taormina, we will try to arrive in a town that does not exist: in Missouri, moreover. We will try to get ourselves taken to our destination by analysing a film and three stories. Martin McDonagh, Flannery O’Connor, J.D. Salinger, Vladimir Nabokov, Leonard Cohen and of course Checov, Kafka and Carver will be our travel companions.
We will talk about displacement in language, about point of view, reader, perspective and feeling. We will read a lot and we will write.
Eleonora was born in Palermo in 1978. She graduated in Ancient Literature at the University of Palermo with a thesis on Homeric poems. She graduated from the Holden School, worked as an editor at Rai and for the theatre with Emma Dante. Publicist journalist, she writes about culture for Repubblica. While continuing to fight the agony with the writing of her first novel, she published several short stories. She does everything else as “ghost” between Milan and Palermo.
We will work on three levels:
• why to tell a particular story;
• how to tell a particular story and with what outcomes;
• how to read a particular story by going “deep”.
In addition, we will carry out two in-depth studies:
• on short and long shapes (with a particular orientation towards the short story form)
• on language and style in order to try to understand what to “write well” in literature means .
Evelina is editor and writer, collaborates with Einaudi and teaches at the Holden School.
For Einaudi in 2000 she published L’occhio cieco del mondo, a collection of stories that won the Gandovere-Franciacorta prize, the Berto prize, the Chiara prize, the Fiesole prize and the Mondello prize. She published the novels La lucertola color smeraldo ( (2003); Il giorno degli orsi volanti (2005); Senzaterra(2008); Cose da pazzi (2012); Non va sempre così (2015). Again for Einaudi she has translated Firmino by Sam Savage and Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard and edited the edition of Terra matta by Vincenzo Rabito. With her short story Presenze she has contributed in the anthology of short stories L’agenda ritrovata. Sette racconti per Paolo Borsellino (Feltrinelli, 2017).