Were poets more honest chroniclers of the Great War than war correspondents?

An essay - by Mirianna la Grasta The Great War, best known as the First World War, was an unprecedented conflict in terms of length, weapons and casualties. It started in 1914 and ended in November 1918 leaving the United Kingdom triumphant on the one hand, but profoundly wounded on the other. As a deadly... Continue Reading →


“It’s personal, hidden and quick”: the experience of self-injury in LGBT people – L’ItaloEuropeo – Independent Magazine in London

by Mirianna la Grasta Forget the simplistic expression “cutting”, which now stands for all self-harm. Because self-injury (SI) is a lot more than that. It’s winter and it’s freezing cold. The rain is falling heavily but Malin keeps running in it, careless. She runs and runs, wet and cold from head to foot, until she… via... Continue Reading →

Beniamino Marcone: “The Young Montalbano” is not a clichéd fiction – L’ItaloEuropeo- Independent Magazine in London

by Mirianna la Grasta Beniamino Marcone, 34, plays Giuseppe Fazio in “The Young Montalbano”, an Italian television series produced by RAI and broadcast in the UK by BBC Four. We met him at Tasting Sicily UK Enzo’s Kitchen, London. As Mr Marcone argues, “The Young Montalbano is not a clichéd series”. It is rather an... Continue Reading →

I Medici: Masters of Florence – A REVIEW – L’ItaloEuropeo – Independent Magazine in London

by Mirianna la Grasta Sitting in an endless and luxuriant vineyard, Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman looks more Italian than he actually is. “What a beauty,” he murmurs while enjoying the breath-taking view of Florence and a bunch of Tuscan red grapes. In the new historical drama I Medici: Masters of Florence, Hoffman plays Giovanni de’Medici, the…... Continue Reading →

Four Bright Hands — L’ItaloEuropeo – Independent Magazine in London

Have a read to my new feature on the Apulian artist Rosa Iacobone - Mirianna la Grasta written by Mirianna la Grasta Walking through Carnaby Street is a tiny Italian woman. Her meticulous and curious gaze stops on every single detail in the street. “You know what?” she wonders, “London is better than Paris, I feel... Continue Reading →

Local Stars: Chris Cooper — St John Street News

Check out my new profile feature on St John Street News - Mirianna la Grasta In the first of a new series of profiles for St John Street News, discover the story of a man who’s won accolades for his work with Islington’s disabled community… “Hot chocolate,” he whispers. He hesitates, then adds: “Medium.” After... Continue Reading →

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