Jonathan Coe began writing at an early age. His first surviving story, a detective thriller called ‘The Castle of Mystery’, was written when he was eight. His first published novel was The Accidental Woman in 1987, but it was his fourth, What a Carve Up! which established his reputation as one of England’s finest comic novelists, winning the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1985 and being translated into many languages. Seven bestselling novels and many other awards have followed including the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for Like A Fiery Elephant, a biography of the experimental novelist, B.S. Johnson.
Jonathan is also a musician and composer, with a particular enthusiasm for Canterbury progressive rock. The music accompanying the video is from his album, Unnecessary Music released in 2015 on Bandcamp.
Chiara Coccorese, born in Naples (Italy) in 1982, is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time and spirituality. Through a narrative approach based on stage-photography , Coccorese reconstructs the world using the dream-like language of infancy. She creates small scenes illustrating landscapes or fragments from invented fantastic tales, miniaturized scenographies with painted skyes and small plasticine characters, or real people into imagined worlds.
She graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and afterward gained a MasterDegree in Professional Photography. Her works have been exhibited in numerous museums and art shows in Italy and abroad, among them: National Archaeological Museum (NA); Museo della Permanente (MI); Palazzo Ducale (GE); Museo MADRE, (NA) ; Pristine Gallery, (Monterrey, MESSICO) ; Galleria Dino Morra, (NA); PAN, (NA); “The Others”, (TO); MiArt2010, (MI); FotoGrafia Festival (ROMA); WhiteLabs Gallery,(MI); Galleria Paolo Erbetta, (FG); Cell63 ArtGallery, (BERLIN); Art Raw gallery, (NY).
In 2015 she entered in the "Luciano Benetton Collection", after being invited to the project Imago Mundi in the Italian section organised by Luca Beatrice, from which it followed the publication of the volume Praestigium Italy II - contemporary artists from Italy, published by Fabrica.
In 2016 her work "Zona rossa/Piano di Fuga" has been permanently placed inside the Vanvitelli Metro station, one of The Art Stations of the Naples Underground, becoming part of a collection of more than 180 pieces of art created by international authors.