How to have an authentic experience in Sicily

How to have an authentic experience in Sicily

When people come to Sicily for a holiday they seldom venture out of the major cities and tourist towns which is an unfortunate as visitors really only get to see a tiny part of the island. The main tourist sites are important but the authentic face of the island really only comes out in the […]

The sounds and surprises of San Piero Patti

The sounds and surprises of San Piero Patti

I have many distinct memories from my childhood linked to the unique community formed by Sicilian migrants in Australia. One of the most vivid is of visiting my grandfather’s cousins who lived up in the hills outside of Perth, WA (Lesmurdi to be precise). I remember feeling as if we were going on an adventure, […]

The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife

The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife

So how on earth does a high-flying business consultant in London ended up living in a small fishing village in the provinces of Palermo? Veronica Di Grigoli’s book The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife takes us on her own personal odyssey, navigating through many monstrosities, perils and everyday adventures along the way. The […]

The Sicilian Wife

The Sicilian Wife

Caterina Edwards’ novel The Sicilian Wife (Linda Leith Publishers, Westmount, Canada, 2015) is a clever interpretation of the Mafia noir genre, a great page turner which manages to evoke a refreshingly authentic portrait of contemporary Sicily. Edwards, a skillful storyteller delicately weaves together the stories and lives of two forthright Italian women, Fulvia the daughter of […]

A new perspective on love with Bianca

A new perspective on love with Bianca

Frank Polizzi’s collection of poetry A New Life with Bianca (Bordighera Press, New York, 2015) is a complex modern love story reflected through many spectrums of life. The poet like many of us suffers from the pangs of isolation, regret and listlessness, his journey taking us through towards death and beyond. Bianca is very much […]

Feile-Festa a celebration of culture

Feile-Festa a celebration of culture

The online journal Feile – Festa is one of the most surprising and delightful literary discoveries I’ve made on the internet. Delightful because it celebrates Irish and Sicilian culture, surprising how much the two have in common. Feile is Irish for celebration and Festa Italian for the same, the journal is the creation of editor […]

Living under the Volcano

Living under the Volcano

    I was surprised to read in an essay from 1962 by translator Archibald Coloquhoun about how the Mount Etna volcano is rarely mentioned by Sicilian writers, perhaps because it has become such a part of their own personal landscape, they don’t even notice it any more. Thinking back on the books I’ve read […]

One Inspiring Sicilian Summer

One Inspiring Sicilian Summer

I have always admired travel writing as a genre as it takes a skillful writer to understand the essence of a place, often on a first visit and to sketch it out in all of its particular vibrance and complexities in such a way as to transport the reader with him is really an achievement. […]