After a long and successful screenwriting career, Francesca Melandri (Rome, 1964) made her literary debut in 2010 with Eva sleeps, a critically acclaimed bestseller translated in most European languages. Her second novel Higher than the sea (2012) confirmed her standing among readers and literary critics. Both novels have been awarded several important prizes, both in Italy and Europe. Her last novel Sangue Giusto (The rightful blood) was published in 2017 and has been nominated for the prestigious Premio Strega. It has been or is about to be translated in many languages; the German translation Alle, außer mir has been on the 'Der Spiegel' Bestseller list for weeks. Melandri is also an award-winning documentary film maker and has two children.
Francesca Melandri will write a citybook about Bruges. Her residency in this city will start late September 2018. On 6 October she will talk about her work at a literary evening during the Un/settled festival in Bruges, with, amongst others, Ghayath Almadhoun, who previously wrote citybooks poems about Ypres and Antwerp.