Storytellers are community builders, masters of human emotion, shaping the moral dilemmas and shared values of their time. Through the power of empathy, stories change our sense of what is possible, enabling new forms of collective action, new forms of belonging, new types of experience. More importantly, storytellers are the makers of history, the guardians of legacy, the bards whose myths will resonate long into the future.
As a published writer, essayist and storyteller, I know the thrills of building a new world from the mud of language. As a reader of ten languages, trained in the Classics and Humanities, my ears and eyes are tuned to the patterns and rhythms of stories from around the globe - and I join the great human adventure of sense-making and story-telling through reflections, talks, and fiction.
I've got Italian and Southern French blood: mine is a storytelling culture. If you're looking for somebody to give a talk or write a piece - please contact me here.
I publish essays and reflective pieces both on a dedicated site and as a guest writer in various forums. A particular interest of mine is conducting systematic moral reflections on inherited ethical frameworks, in order to better understand what determines our capacity to pass judgement and assign values to various forms of behaviour and action. Read my moral reflections here.
I have spoken publicly in various international forums on global collaboration, the rise of China, language and storytelling. I am keenly aware of the role that a public speaker can play in framing questions and setting agendas. As such, I cultivate the potential of stories to engage audiences beyond the purely cognitive level, and harness the power of emotion, intuition and embodied experience to trigger transformative insights. Find my talks here.
I have been actively producing fiction for over twenty years, guided by a desire to better understand emotional journeys, conflicting value systems, and changing patterns of human relationships. I published a novel and short stories in Paris and directed an award-winning short film, Honeypot, that received over 4.5 million views on Youtube. Read my fiction here.
Writing about place
I have lived, studied and worked in 12 countries and four continents, and reflected on this experience in my writing. I conducted three projects more specifically connected to place: Les Portes de l’Orient (2008) documenting my 3-month overland migration journey from Paris to Singapore, The Fake China (2011) exploring Tianjin as a meeting ground of Europe and China, and Australian Aesthetics (2012) offering a migrant perspective on Australian urban landscapes.