Radio Ferrante is a series of Skype conversations between Daniela Cascella, Natasha Soobramanien and guests, as well as audio recordings by additional contributors.
The first instalment of the series was produced by and recorded at Lydgalleriet in Bergen, Norway in November 2016 as part of Smarginature, a project by Cascella and Soobramanien which sought to explore the ways in which language, or languages—written, spoken, or overheard—can elude definition and trespass boundaries.
The artists, writers and curators listed below were invited to discuss their responses to the writing of Elena Ferrante, with particular emphasis on her Neapolitan Novels and their central theme of ‘smarginature’ or ‘dissolving boundaries’.
Featuring Joanna Biggs, Kate Briggs, Cecilia Canziani, Nadia Hebson, Tomoé Hill, Jen Hofer with Rob Ray, Daniel Medin, John Douglas Millar, and Frances Morgan.
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1. Introduction + Tomoé Hill
In studio: Cia Rinne, Hilde Hauan
Tomoé Hill is a London based writer, and reviews editor at literary magazine minor literature[s].
2. Frances Morgan
Frances Morgan is a writer based in London. She writes about music, film and sound for The Wire, Sight & Sound and others, and is currently researching electronic music histories at the Royal College of Art in collaboration with the Science Museum.
3. John Douglas Millar
John Douglas Millar is a critic and poet, and author of Brutalist Readings: Essays on Contemporary Literature (Sternberg Press, 2016).
4. Kate Briggs
Kate Briggs is a writer and translator, core tutor (MFA Fine Art), Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and assistant professor of English and Comparative Literature, American University of Paris.
5. Joanna Biggs
Joanna Biggs is an editor at the London Review of Books. She is a co-founder of a new feminist publishing house, Silver Press.
6. Cecilia Canziani
Cecilia Canziani is an independent curator, adjunct faculty at the Accademia di Belle Arti, L’Aquila and at the MA in Arts Management, American University Rome.
7. Daniel Medin
Daniel Medin is professor of comparative literature at the American University of Paris and editor of Music & Literature magazine.
8. Nadia Hebson
Nadia Hebson is an artist and lecturer in Fine Art at Newcastle University.
9. Jen Hofer (with Rob Ray)
Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and language experimentation collaborative Antena and the local language justice advocacy collective Antena Los Ángeles.