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The Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice

Tuesday 25 March 2014

1 Hour


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Polly Coles peels back the tourist facade and looks at the real Venice. She examines Venice from the point of view of its dwindling population and asks whether there is a future for this unique community away from the museums and the palaces. She finds a tale both of noble families and of long-time Venetians who can no longer afford to live in their city.

Coles writes fiction and about art and abridges for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime and Book of the Week. She was closely involved in the recording of the complete Arkangel Shakespeare for Pacificus Productions and, most recently, has written texts to accompany two exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford. She divides her time between Italy and England.

This event is part of the festival’s Italian Day.