Russian, American and Italian poets and artists will convene in Florence from 15-17th November to discuss Dante's Divine Comedy. But unless some kind benefactor steps forward, I shan't be there! Organised by the Fondazione Romualdo del Bianco, the conference will bring together international poets, artists, translators and interpreters to explore readings and re-readings of Dante's work through poetry, theatre, music and figurative and multimedia arts. Speakers include poets Robert Pinsky, Edoardo Sanguineti, Yusef Komunyakaa and film director Giancarlo Cauteruccio. Interpretations of Dante's poem will be enacted at the recently restored House of Dante Alighieri Museum in the heart of Florence during the three-day conference. Visit or email

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