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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Interview: Pierdomenico Baccalario - journalist, scriptwriter and author (Italy)



As it often happens to me, I cannot exactly remember when it happened.

I can clearly remember I was walking. Neither did I know in which country, nor where I hailed from.

I did not even know who I was. 

I arrived at a long hedge, with a gate. The gate was opened, some children were on guard. I could not see what was behind the hedge. 

I asked the children and they said: ''This is the Realm of Ideas.''
 
''Realm of Ideas?'' answered I, astonished. They stood aside and invited me to get in.

''Don’t you ask me anything?'' said I, grumpily.

''What kind of guards are you? You do not know who I am, where I am from, or what I am doing here.''

The guardians-children then burst out laughing. 

''Do you really think that would make a difference?'' they asked, leading me the way over the hedge.

I do support the Council of Europe, I do SPEAK OUT against discrimination.

With these words, the best-selling Italian children's author Pierdomenico Baccalario, gave his support to the Council of Europe's campaign against discrimination.


Background

Pierdomenico Baccalario was born in Acqui Terme, Piedmonte, in the north of Italy in March. 1974.


He writes screenplays and adventure and fantasy books for children. His 11 books have been translated into more than 18 languages.

In 1998 he won the ‘Il battello a vapore’ award for his book ‘La Strada Del Guerriero’ (The Road Warrior).



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