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Who?

As Rolling Stones once said, please allow me to introduce myself, even if I’m not a man of wealth and taste. My name is Camilla Magnani, I live in Liverpool, my biggest passions are music, books and cultural divulgation. Oh, and yes, I’m Italian.

At least once a week people ask me “Why did you come here? Italy is warmer and it’s always sunny…”. Well, believe it or not, I used to live in the foggiest place in Italy, and I’ve always wanted to move here in the UK, after all.

What?

My life has always been made up of stories and I always wanted to discover new ways to tell them.

After studying Foreign Languages in High School, I decided to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Literature in Pavia University, focusing my final dissertation on contemporary history.

Right after, I attended a post-graduate degree in Public History fostered by Milan University and Feltrinelli Foundation. In that occasion I managed to work for the first time in the field of cultural divulgation, discovering my passion for museums and medias. Sure enough, I made an apprenticeship at Spazio Geco, where I had the chance to write a children-targeted audioguide for a museum located in Sondrio.

Students use to wear this “crown” on their graduation day in Italy. During ancient times the laurel wreath used to symbolise erudition and glory, especially for poets.

Why?

I strongly believe that culture should be suitable for all, since it is always inspired by people. Quoting Doctor Who, “We’re all stories in the end”, and that’s why professionals have the duty and the power to bring out history.

And what’s the best way to do this? In my opinion, storytelling. Be it in films, museums, books or podcasts, storytelling is a great way to sympathise with other people and make stories worth remembering.

In my own small way, I’m currently trying to improve my skills by working in the cultural divulgation sector. In particular, I run a podcast about books, feminism and society and in the meantime I collaborate with an association that strongly believes in divulgation through storytelling.

More about me

I used to fall asleep on books when I was a kid and I’ve never stopped ever since. One of the books I love the most is Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy; mixing my nickname Millie with the name of Douglas Adams’ restaurant at the end of the universe, “Millieways” popped up.

As many people who like reading, I’ve always felt to need to write. Be it songs, stories, articles, podcast episodes I love entertaining people and that’s why I always try to keep it enjoyable, funny and simple, maybe sarcastic sometimes.

One of my biggest passions is music. As a matter of fact, The Beatles are one of the reasons that pushed me to Liverpool. I was five when I took my first piano lesson, twelve when I first strummed my guitar and twenty-one when I began playing the bass guitar. Throughout my whole life I spent every spare moment singing, playing or listening to music.

I recently discovered my passion for cinema. I’ve always watched movies but studying Cinema History for an exam while attending my BA really opened my eyes. I’m now able to appreciate script-writing and directing and that’s why I sometimes write reviews about films or TV series.

Last but not least, travelling. Seeing places, meeting people, discovering new cultures. I’ve had the opportunity to study three languages when I was in High School (English, French and Spanish) and I’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot during these years. My secret wish is visiting Tristan Da Cunha, the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world.

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life

The secret life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller, 2013