Year 9 Italian students from Mrs Criniti’s class entered The Nonni Association Literary Competition “A Journey back to origins”. The entrants had to submit an essay or a short novel, in which they recount their grandparent’s life before and after immigrating to Australia.
Winners were announced at an award ceremony on the 23rd of October at the Marconi Club. It is with great pleasure to announce that Olivia Di Costanzo’s story ‘A Leap of Faith’ won first prize. Olivia’s short story takes us by the hand and leads us inside the lives of her grandparents. Even though Olivia admits that the story of her Liparo-born Nonni is filled with sadness, she bravely enters into their world. Her Nonna lost both her parents at a young age. At the age of 16, she weds a 20 year old man. Six years later arrives the opportunity for a ‘leap of faith’, when out of the blue a letter arrived from Australia saying, “venite” ‘come’. In Olivia’s story her Nonni’s lives are almost a representation of the dynamics of multiculturalism. ‘They continued to move forward weaving their own culture into that of their adopted home’. Olivia’s story is a warm and intimate reconstruction of her Nonni’s migration experience.
Olivia won 2 economy return air tickets to Italy plus a 1 week stay in Rome. Olivia is so humble and is giving the tickets to her grandparents. She entered with the intention of get them back to Italy for a visit after a long 30 year absence. Her story will also be published in a book, due for publication next year. Auguri Olivia, we are so proud of you.
Mrs Enza Criniti