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Edinburgh Gadda Prize – Press Release

Press release 1 June 2010

la dolce vita comes to the caledonian hall © gp - edinburgh 2010

La Dolce Vita comes to Edinburgh
First Awards Night for unique literary prize

Actress Daniela Nardini, author Denise Mina and film director Annie Griffin take to the red carpet later this month to honour Edinburgh kids and international scholars who have triumphed in a unique literary prize.

Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens will be themed as Fellini’s Rome for a day of events culminating in a Dolce Vita party at which the Edinburgh Gadda Prizes will be conferred on international scholars and local school children.

Italian State broadcasters RAI and the BBC will cover the event which has also attracted the interest of Scots-Italian violin superstar Nicola Benedetti who is to become Patron of the Nicola Benedetti Scholarship Fund. Details of an Edinburgh concert by the world famous musician in aid of the Scholarship in Italian Studies will be announced later in the year.

Besides international scholars who will be recognised in three different categories, the stars of the show are expected to be local school children who have competed in a competition to discover talent in the area of crime writing. More than 100 youngsters entered manuscripts, the only requirement being that the crime fiction had to be set in Rome.

Daniela Nardini will read extracts from the successful entrants at the awards ceremony and the youngsters will be coached in a unique workshop led by best-selling crime author Denise Mina and BAFTA winner Annie Griffin.

The event is being organised by the Italian Department of Edinburgh University with support from an array of international publishers, academic institutions and local Scots Italians including businessman Tony Crolla who has sponsored one of the prizes to be awarded on the night.

Organiser Professor Federica Pedriali, Head of Italian Studies at Edinburgh, said: «This has been an amazing collaboration between local people, academic institutions, showbusiness personalities and school children. What we are planning has never been seen in Edinburgh before. We want to encourage academic excellence, give young people a taste for fiction writing and bring a bit of Fellini-esque glamour to Edinburgh for the evening».

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