THE first Gliterary Supper, held at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Sawley, was a sell-out, and it is no surprised as the guest speaker was the fascinating author Marina Fiorato.
Marina is half-Venetian, she was born in Manchester, but brought up near Settle, where her mother still lives.
This glamorous best-selling author kept her audience enthralled with an exclusive preview of her new book “The Daughter of Siena” which will be launched in May. She read passages from the book which amazed and delighted those present with detailed descriptions of her visits to the Italian city of Siena to research her book and she gave an enthusiastic insight into the inspirations for her writing.
Marina studied history at both Oxford University and the University of Venice, where she specialised in the study of Shakespeare. After university she studied art and worked as an illustrator, film reviewer and actress. She also designed tour visuals for rock bands including U2 and the Rolling Stones. She married her husband, film maker, Sacha Bennett on the Grand Canal in Venice and they have a son and daughter.
Previously she has written three historical novels, all set in Italy, entitled The Glassblower of Murano, The Madonna of the Almonds and The Botticelli Secret.
Her latest book features the world famous Palio di Siena, a dangerous, but exciting horse race round the medieval town of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany.
The talk was also attended by members of the Spread Eagle’s book group who meet every month and two students, Lydia and Abigail Smith, of Whalley, who are studying English and creative writing.
Thanks were extended to Marina by Anne Waddington and afterwards she signed copies of her previous books which had been supplied by Colne Bookshop.