Prizes & Donations

British-Italian Society Prizes

The Society created the biennial Rooke Memorial Prize in 2002 to encourage the study of Italian language and culture at British and Irish universities both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The awards were made possible by the generous bequest of a long-standing British-Italian Society member, the late Rosemary Rooke.

In 2019 the Society relaunched the awards as the British-Italian Society Prizes

Any university or academic institution in the UK or Ireland may submit one candidate in each category following a preselection process conducted by their Department of Italian Studies or equivalent. Undergraduates submit a final year essay (up to 5,000 words) or dissertation (up to 10,000 words). Postgraduate entrants submit a dissertation or a chapter of an MPhil or PhD thesis (up to 20,000 words). The entries may be submitted in English or Italian. The subject matter is confined to the humanities and social sciences relating to Italy from the Middle Ages to the present day.

The deadline for entries in the 2021 competition is 15 July 2021. For further details, please see the Society for Italian Studies’ website:  http://italianstudies.org.uk/postgraduates/prizes/.

The winner in the Graduate category receives an award of £500, and the winner in the Undergraduate category an award of £250. At the judges’ discretion, a runner-up prize of £100 may be awarded for Undergraduates and a runner-up prize £200 for Postgraduates.

2019

The joint-winners in the postgraduate category were:

Dr Flora Derounian, University of Bristol –  Representations and Oral Histories of Working Women in Post-World War Two Italy (1945-1965); and

Dr Luca Zenobi, University of Oxford –  Borders and the politics of space in late medieval Italy: Milan, Venice and their territories in the 15th Century.

The winner in the undergraduate category was:

Esme Garlake, University of Cambridge –  Ephemeral Journeys: Tracing the Lives of Early Twentieth-Century Italian Postcards.

The judges highly commended the following runners-up:

Postgraduate

Ambra Anelotti, Royal Holloway College, University of London –  The
dissemination of Orlando Furioso: Ariosto and his poems in Southern Italy (1532-1599).

Undergraduate

Benjamin Rowe, University of Bristol – Degradation and Regeneration: An Examination of the Causes of Le Vele’s Demise

Alice Cripps, University of Kent – Representations of Motherhood in Italian Visual Culture from the Fascist ventennio to the Modern Day.

2016

The prize for best entry in the postgraduate category was awarded to Marianna Griffini (London School of Economics) for her dissertation on Colonial Hybridity in the Italian Community in Libya (1926-1970).

The prize for best entry in the undergraduate category in 2016 was awarded to Lucia Crowther (University of Reading) for her essay on The Architectural Formalisation of Pilgrimage in the Portico of the Madonna di San Luca (Bologna).

The judges also commended the high quality of the entries submitted by the two runners-up in each category:

Postgraduate
Kate Willman (University of Warwick), On the New Italian Epic Historical Novels.
Stefano Bragato (University of Reading), Carte Brasiliane (Strategie di Composizione Letteraria in Filippo Tommaso Marinetti).

Undergraduate
Melanie Sackett (University of Exeter), Miss Italia: Analysing the Relationship between the Female Body, Tradition and Politics in Contemporary Italy.
Isabel Orange (University of Bristol), ‘La Vera Babilonia’: Babylon and her Transfigured Selves in Dante and Petrarch.

We are grateful to the Society for Italian Studies (www.italianstudies.org.uk), for their assistance in administering these awards.

Translation Prizes

Since 2019, the British-Italian Society has sponsored the annual Warwick University Translation Prizes for translations from Italian into English by undergraduate students in the United Kingdom. Prizes have been awarded to:

2020

Winner:  Ellie Tippett-Wilson, University of Durham.

Runner-up:  Ruby Kelman, Edinburgh University.

2019

Winner:   Alex Joseland, University of York.

Runner-up:  Jemma Henry, Cambridge University.

 

Until 2010 the society also supported the John Florio Prize for Translation.

John Florio (1555-1625) was a distinguished writer and translator of Italian Protestant descent, who lived and worked in London. He translated Boccaccio’s Decameron and published two Italian-English dictionaries.

The John Florio Prize is awarded biennially for the best English translation of a full-length Italian work of literary merit and general interest. It was first awarded in 1963.

The prize was co-sponsored, until 2010, by the British-Italian Society, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Society of Authors in London.

The winners from 2000 to 2010 were:

2010 – Jamie McKendrick – The Embrace: Selected Poems (Valerio Magrelli, Faber)

2008 – Peter Robinson – The Greener Meadow (Luciano Erba, Princeton University Press)

2006 – Carol O’Sullivan & Martin Thom – Kuraj (Silvia de Natale, Bloomsbury)

2004 – Howard Curtis – Coming Back (Edoardo Albinati, Hesperus Press)

2002 – Stephen Satarelli – Prince of the Clouds (Gianni Riotta, Flamingo)

2000 – Martin McLaughlin – Why Read the Classics? (Italo Calvino, Jonathan Cape)

Donations

The Society makes donations to support projects and initiatives which reflect its objectives.
If you would like to apply for financial support, please download and submit the following form.

Recent donations by the Society have included:

2021-2022

  • A donation of £300 to the Tricolore Theatre Company for a joint production with UCL of a tribute to Joseph Grimaldi, The Clown in Popular Culture, in March 2022.
  • A donation of £500 to the Literary & Philiosophical Society of Newcastle for a series of celebrations of Dante in December 2021.
  • A donation of £500 to i Musicanti as a contribution towards the costs of recording Giovanni Bottesini’s four quartets to mark the composer’s bicentenary in 2021.  

2020-2021

  • A contribution of £500 to the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in part-sponsorship of the Keats-Shelley Young Romantics Prizes in February 2021.
  • A donation of £200 to Warwick University to fund the award of two national undergraduate prizes for translation from Italian in October 2020.
  • A donation of £300 to the Italian School in London, partly in payment for for their housing of the BIS Archives.

2019-20

  • A donation of £200 towards a Conference on the Role of Women in Sardinian Culture at Cambridge University in September 2021.
  • A donation of £300 towards the Canaletto: Painting Venice Exhibition and Workshops at the Holburne Museum in Bath in May 2021.
  • A contribution of £200 towards  an Italian (virtual) Conference at King’s College, London in June 2020.
  • A donation of £200 to Warwick University to fund the award of two national student prizes for translation from Italian in November 2019.
  • A donation of £1,000 to the National Gallery on the occasion of the Leconfield Lecture given by Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, in October 2019.
  • A donation of £300 towards translation costs for the Festival of New Italian Writing at Theatre503 in November 2019.
  • A donation of £750 to the Festival of Italian Literature in London (FILL) in November 2019.
  • A donation of £500 to the Comitato Sapienza Camerino for a post-earthquake project to restore the Universita di Camerino.
  • A donation of £500 to Liverpool University Press for publication of a book of photographs as part of a project on the transnational study of Italian.
  • A donation of £850 to the University of Reading and La Sapienza University in Rome for the organisation of a Conference on Beckett and Italy in Reading in November 2019.
  • A donation of £900 to the Italian Department at University College, London for two stage performances by the School of European Culture and Society in March 2020.

2018-19

  • A donation of £750 towards the costs of the Festival of Italian Literature in London (FILL) in Notting Hill in October 2018.
  • A donation of £350 towards the costs of the Annual Lecture of the Italian Studies Library Group in June 2019.
  • A donation of £300 to the Italian School in London, partly in payment for for their housing of the BIS Archives.

2017-18

  • A further donation of £1,000 to the Southbank Sinfonia, including for their performances at the annual Anghiari Festival in Tuscany in 2018.
  • A donation of £250 towards the costs of the Living with Earthquakes Conference held at Jesus College, Cambridge on 24-25 October 2017. The conference is a joint UK-Italian initiative focused on support for reconstruction and restoration in Le Marche following earthquake damage in 2016.
  • A donation of 1,160 euros to fund the restoration of a Pietro Alemanno triptych in the Pinacoteca Duranti at Montefortino (Le Marche), which suffered earthquake damage in 2016.
  • A donation of £250 towards the costs of a Workshop on Science in Early Modern Naples at University College, London in April 2018.
  • A donation of £300 to the Italian School in London, partly in payment for accommodating the Society’s Archives.
  • A donation of £250 to the Gloria e Marco Award Scheme, a scholarship scheme set up to honour the memory of two young Italian architects, who died tragically in the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire.

2016-17

  • A grant of £300 towards the cost of the Tricolore Theatre Company production Guerra e Pace at St Peter’s Italian Church in Clerkenwell in November 2016.
  • The award in October 2016 of two prizes , of £750 and £500 respectively, to the winners of the 2015/16 Rooke Memorial Prizes at post-graduate (Marianna Griffini) and undergraduate (Lucia Crowther) level.
  • A further donation of £500 to the Italian School, partly as payment for accommodating the BIS Archives.
  • A donation of £250 towards the costs of publishing The Italian Contribution to European Culture, a collection of essays in honour of Professor Jane Everson.

2015-16

  • A grant of £500 towards the cost of completing Dr Charles Avery’s book on Joseph de Levis & Co, Renaissance Bronze Founders in Verona.
  • A donation of £300 towards the cost of events to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Arandora Star.
  • A grant of £100 towards the costs of holding an exhibition of paintings by Marco Lusini at the Fiumano Gallery in London in July 2015.

2014-15

  • A grant of £500 to the Italian School in London, partly in payment for housing the BIS Archives.
  • A third year’s funding of £1000 for the London-based orchestra Southbank Sinfonia, composed of young musicians, which played at the Anghiari Festival in Italy.
  • A grant of £250 towards the holding of an exhibition of paintings by the Tuscan painter, Marco Lusini, at the Fiumano Gallery in London.
  • A grant of £500 toward the [publication in mid-2015 by the British School of Rome of a study by Dr Laura Ambrosini of the Italian National Research Council on the collection of Etruscan objects from the Galeassi Tomb in Palestrina held in the Villa Giulia Museum (Rome) and the British Museum (London).
  • A grant of £500 towards the cost of the video ‘Think Italy’produced by the Society for Italian Studies, and now being used on their website and in secondary schools to encourage the study of Italian language and culture at university.o