Opening hours: 3pm - 9pm

April 17th-18th

Circolo Filologico Milanese, Via Clerici 10 Milano

Miu Miu is pleased to introduce its inaugural Literary Club, Writing Life, a two-day event bringing back into focus the work of Sibilla Aleramo and Alba De Céspedes, alongside conversations, live performances and entertainment, further enhancing
Miu Miu’s commitment to contemporary thought.

Miu Miu Literary Club champions two landmark titles: Aleramo’s “A Woman” and De Céspedes’s “Forbidden Notebook”. Both works demonstrate the power of writing as a creative medium which, for centuries, has allowed women to express their thoughts, desires and ideologies, asserting their independence and inspiring their own and future generations to do the same.

DAY 1 April 17th

3:30 pm - Conversation - Alba De Céspedes: Creative Spaces, Creative Time

What does it mean for a woman to find her own voice beyond her gendered roles as mother, spouse, housewife, worker? What Alba De Céspedes wrote in Forbidden Notebook, first published in 1950, is back at the centre of today’s debate on women’s identity and space in our society.

Introduction by Tina Kunakey
Panelists: Jhumpa Lahiri (2000 Pulitzer Prize winner), Claudia Durastanti (Italian writer and Strega prize finalist), and Sheila Heti (critically acclaimed writer)
Moderator: Lou Stoppard (writer and curator)

From 4.30pm to 9 pm
Readings and live performances
5:15 pm Serena Braida
6:30 pm John Glacier
7:30 pm Arlo Parks

DAY 2 April 18th

3:30 pm - Conversation - Sibilla Aleramo: Our Brilliant Sisters

First published in 1906, A Woman by Sibilla Aleramo is considered Italy’s first feminist novel. It is an intimate, personal memoir as well as a passionate discussion on motherhood, marriage and freedom.

A dialogue discussing the role of love in women’s empowered lives, the impact of female friendship and the legacy of past women writers.

Introduction by Bel Powley
Panelists: Selby Wynn Schwartz (finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction and long-listed for the Booker prize), Viola Di Grado (Italian writer and 2011 Campiello Opera Prima winner) and Xiaolu Guo (novelist, memorist and film-maker – National Book Critics Circle Award 2017)
Moderator: Zing Tsjeng (author, presenter and journalist)

From 4.30pm to 9 pm
Readings and live performances
5:15 pm John Glacier
6:30 pm Mathilde Fernandez
7:30 pm Aziya