Borges in Sicily – Book Release

Borges in Sicily – Book Release

In 1984, an aging Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinean writer famed for his stories laden with intertextuality, philosophy, mirrors and labyrinths, visited Sicily. The elderly author was by now blind and had been garlanded with some of the world’s most prestigious literary honours including The Formentor Prize and The Cervantes Prize, not to mention the […]

Turning the Page

Turning the Page

The stereotype is an unadorned hook that provides ample room for the hanging of a lazy, glib association: the English are emotionally constipated, the Swiss are boringly money-orientated, the citizens of the United States are brash and loud, Andalusians are work-shy party animals, Sicilians are wedded to organised crime. Of all these labels, the Mafia […]

Gordon’s Alive: Pryse Lockhart in Sicily

Gordon’s Alive: Pryse Lockhart in Sicily

It is amazing how research into one subject leads down some quite unexpected alternative avenues. We are currently in the process of writing up our journey in the footsteps of Lord Byron and his doctor, John Polidori, with a view to it becoming a book, and in the process have uncovered the fascinating figure of […]

Great Scot: The Sicilian Life of Michael Scot

Great Scot: The Sicilian Life of Michael Scot

Remembered today, if remembered at all, as a wizard or magician, Michael Scot was in fact a medieval scholar of the highest order. Both Fife and the Borders in Scotland have a claim to be his birthplace and both have legends that attribute to him the kind of powers of which any wizard would be […]

Eating with Archestratus

Eating with Archestratus

At some point midway through the 4th century BC, a man from south-eastern Sicily sat down to yet another banquet of superior quality and thought it an original idea to set out his thoughts on what constituted good living. The upshot of these revelations was the Hedypatheia, otherwise known as the Life of Luxury, which, […]

Watch the New Trailer for Reimagining Sicily and Tell Us What You Think

Watch the New Trailer for Reimagining Sicily and Tell Us What You Think

Film Trailer: Reimagining Sicily Here we have the trailer for the documentary Reimagining Sicily (click the banner link above). Director, Mark Spano, has said that he made the film because he found a gap in cultural and historical representations of the island. Sicily, as one of the most invaded corners of the planet, has a […]

Thalassophobia: The Sicilian Case

Thalassophobia: The Sicilian Case

Leonardo Sciascia, one of Sicily’s most famous writers, is said to have claimed that he had never swam in the sea. It sounds like a proud statement, even a statement of identity. Islands usually have a complicated relationship with the bodies of water that surround them and the British Isles are no different from Sicily […]

They Came from the East

They Came from the East

Books that concentrate on distinguished visitors to Sicily tend to focus on Western Europeans and North Americans, with the occasional honourable exception. As a way of redressing the balance, and because they are fascinating characters, we thought we would write a piece on Eastern European travellers drawn to the three-cornered isle. We will start with […]

Who Lives in a House Like This?

Who Lives in a House Like This?

Just WHO lives in a house like this? Is it a prison? Is it paradise? Is it the home of the eternal fires of hell? Daft questions? Not if you believe the myths and legends. In a genre obviously prone to hyperbole and bombast, where else but Mount Etna could boast connections with a king, […]

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Truth and Lies

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Truth and Lies

Increasingly, as consumers, we are beginning to realize that the industrial production of food has a series of consequences, not only for our health, but also for our planet. Agribusiness is big money and, therefore, it is no surprise that millions are spent converting natural ecosystems to pander to the tastes of the developed world. […]

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