Italy’s 29-year-old rising literary star Viola Di Grado has bowled over fans with her captivating prose, vivid imagination and muses that tend along tragic lines. Her first novel, 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool, won Italy’s Premio Campiello Opera Prima and was shortlisted for the Strega Prize. In her second novel, Hollow Heart, a girl’s ghost tells the story of her life after her suicide. Hollow Heart was a finalist in the PEN America Literary Awards. Catch Viola in conversation with Lex Hirst.

Supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Sydney.

Lex Hirst (Australian)

Lex Hirst

Lex Hirst is the publisher at social-purpose publishing house Pantera Press. A former editor and festival director, she's always on the lookout for strong voices, great storytelling, big ideas and books that spark conversation, imagination and change.