Prose, Poetry & Purpose – Carmelina Marchetta

December 22nd, 2021 by March Twisdale

Carmelina Marchetta
Author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, The Piper’s Son, Finnikin of the Rock, On the Jellicoe Road, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil and more.

Carmelina reminds me of S. E. Hinton, the author of The Outsiders, in that “much of her work draws from real life, including her adolescent experiences and observations of students.” My interview with Melina, as she likes to be called, was a deep dive into many different topics, as she poured forth thoughts and ideas with the passion of her Italian roots and the insights of her Australian upbringing. I’m sure you will enjoy the hour and that it will leave you thinking for days to come.

Also like S.E. Hinton’s book, The Outsiders, Melina’s work draws the interest of moviemakers and even Netflix, as the challenges of the teen years are forever worth our attention as they reflect one of the greatest shared experiences of our human lives. To read more about the powerful messages embedded into Looking for Alibrandi, go here:




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