In 1921 David Herbert Lawrence travelled to Sardinia: the outcome of
that trip was Sea and Sardinia, a vivid recreation of the life of the
inhabitants of the Mediterranean island.
Travelling straight up the mountainous backbone of the island to see
the real Sardinia of the interior, Lawrence wrote an intriguing account
of Sardinian life that evokes places and people. In his attempt to know
the island in both its present and past, Lawrence stopped in Mandas,
capital in the past of a prosperous dukedom.
In 2003 the British writer Nigel Foxell has followed
Lawrence’s footstep across the island: Foxell’s
novel Sardinia without Lawrence stems from his journey along
On 18th July Nigel Foxell will present his book, published by Hearing
Eye Publications in London, along with the Italian writer and historian
Luciano Marrocu: the two authors will discuss the legacy of
D.H.Lawrence and launch D. H. Lawrence Literary Prize. The prize,
established by the Province of Cagliari, Sardinia’s main
city, will award fiction and non-fiction works of travel writing
published in either English or Italian.
The event will include the exhibition La Strada Felice – The
Happy Road – featuring photographs of the lesser known
landscape of inner Sardinia. Fifteen photographers have portrayed their
island using different techniques to evoke and celebrate the creativity
of the human spirit of a unique island. The exhibition will be run
until August 25th - Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm