Jan Dickinson has lived and worked between Italy and Australia for more than 30 years. She has translated Italian books, articles and lectures, and written and published on Italian culture both in Italy and Australia. She was a founding co-editor of the international Italian academic journal, ConVivio: journal of ideas in Italian Studies. Her first novel, The Sweet Hills of Florence, on the Italian Civil War of 1943-45, was published in 2018. She is working on her forthcoming novel, Magnifico: The Bonfires, on the early Medici.