Born in Livorno, Simonetta Filippi came back to live here about ten years ago. She works as both a writer and an artist.
Her writing career began in 1997 with a contribution to Livorno's satirical magazine Il Vernacoliere. Since 2003 she has been collaborating with the literary website www.alleo.it run by writer Alessandro Agostinelli, and in 2005 she published a book of poetry entitled ‘Ingenuamente bibi...”. She has published two other books – Paranza (2007) and Water Journey (2008), both published by the local publishing house Erasmo Editore.
It is not so easy to speak about Valerio Nardoni, because I met him just through his one and only book entitled “L’Uomo di Fronte” (‘The Man Opposite’) and the tales of our mutual friend Giacomo Guantini (a very clever writer, subject of my previous article on Livorno Now).
Valerio Nardoni now lives in Florence and works in a publishing house (he is a translator from Spanish to Italian), but I think that Livorno is always with him. He can find it when he rummages in his pockets, in his pillow when he rests and thinks about the past, about his many experiences as a student, singer, painter, a man who learns to live using his mind as a weapon against the common life, against defeat.