During the 6th “Comuni in Cammino. Francigena-Routes-Europe” Forum in Abbadia Isola on Saturday 2nd February, the finalists of the literary award “Intanto Parto…tales and words on the road” were announced.
Many participated in this second edition, which, for the first time, offered a section specifically for people under 25. Twenty-one works made it to the finals: 10 for the over 25, given on 16th March in Abbadia Isola, and 11 for the under 25 category, awarded in Pontremoli. The names of the winners will be announced at these two award ceremonies.
Our finalists: (ordered alphabetically by name of author):
“Mafall Diae: un ivoriano sulla Francigena” by Marina Berti
“La Mia Francigena” by Filippo Cirino
“Un passo avanti” by Francesca Corgiat Bondon
“Magda” by Estella Milianti
“Il riposo delle farfalle” by Matteo Minerva
“Le ferie di Paolo” by Luca Mirtilli (alias)
“Ritrovarsi camminando” by Tatiana Spadoni and Eduardo Enjuto Vàzquez
“Il sogno del pellegrino” by Luciano Valentini
“Destinazione Felice” by Valentina Zinzula
“La felicità accade” by Jamila Zitoune.
“Perché cammini? Ascolta il tuo cuore” by Massimo Casale
“Risorgo come il sole all'indomani” by Isabella Cerasuolo
“Il viaggio di Hélène, una donna medioevale lungo la via Francigena” by Silvia Colligiani
“Passo dopo passo” by Alessia Delre
“Adesso è un buongiorno” by Giulia Frullini
“Uno strano pomeriggio” by Letizia Grasso
“Il cammino mortale” by Yassmine Mourabiti
“Il viaggio più bello della mia vita” by Giada Occhipinti
“Fatevi Portare dal vento” by Niccolò Paolino
“La via della speranza” by Rosa Piccolo
“L'albero della Grande Strada Bianca” by Ludovica Zenti
“The idea of this award – says editor Luca Betti – was born in our editing room as a project to give a voice to emerging authors who, inspired by the Via Francigena, could narrate the deep sense of travelling slowly, discovering the slow rhythm of a wayfarer and introducing another perspective on live, places and traditions. […] It was an idea which quickly gained the appreciation of public and private partners who, since the beginning, supported us.”
“We are extrememly happy with the quality of the texts – adds Betti – but also the fact that they arrived from various regions crossed, or not, by the Via Francigena: Piedmont, Lazio and Tuscany, but even Veneto and Marche. A sign of diversity and a rich depth of Italian territories that demand to be narrated”.
This selection of names was chosen through a complex selection process, followed by being edited by Betti Editrice and the precious work of judges: writers, Paolo Ciampi and Simona Baldanzi; journalists, Selin Sanli and Silvia Iuliano; Italian teacher at the Italian Institute of Krakow, Iza Frackowiak. All texts in this first selection will be part of two publications included in the Betti Editrice catalogue and will be distributed on a national level.
The award partners: the region of Tuscany, the European Association of Via Francigena Ways, the municipalities of Pontremoli, Lucca, Fucecchio, Siena and Monteriggioni, the Italian Institute of Culture in Krakow and the Siena Lions Club.
Source: Betti Editrice press release