Francesco Pistillo was born in 1971 in San Severo, a city in Southern Italy.
His parents are both retired primary school teachers.
In 2013 Francesco moved to Exeter in Devon, England where he works and studies wild gardening, English and permaculture.
He attended three creative writing courses at Exeter College (2013-2015).
In 2014 he attended “Start Writing Fiction”, a course run by the Open University.
Beyond Appearances, his first publication, is a collection of short stories written between 2013 and 2015.
Beyond Appearances is a collection of short stories written between 2013 and 2015.
During my writing I tried to show the unknown part of ourselves concealed behind the masks we usually wear, or that we don’t want to see.
All the stories and characters are fictional except “Chatting at Victoria Coach Station” which tells a true incident that took place in 2014.
Beyond Appearances is a journey inside ourselves, a way to show how the choices and challenges we decide to take can help us to overcome our fears, change our lives, and can also be helpful in changing the world.
Paper book and e-book are available on line on www.lulu.com
PROMOTIONAL EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES
The Book Launch
Exeter Community Centre 29th January 2016
The Bard of Exeter on 7th March 2016
I usually perform on Wednesdays at 9 pm at the Angel Bar Exeter, 32 Queen Street Exeter, during Open Mic Night.
On Sunday 10th April 2016 at 8 pm I will perform at John Gandy’s Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night. Running Order
8pm Chris Ostler (Warmup Set)
8.15 Vicky Pearce
8.30 Dylan Hughes
8.45 Anna Hamill
9.00 Francesco Pistillo
9.15 John Katon
9.30 Stefan Price
10 Charlotte Ward
10.30 Winners announced!
The mist, as an ashen blanket, wrapped the old oaks and ashes, giving them a spectral shape. After a while, undefined scary sounds started to become louder. Sam’s thoughts multiplied themselves. Nobody was there and the door had vanished. (Dream).
– Are you alive or are you a ghost? Why can’t I see your face?
– It doesn’t really matter if I am alive or dead. I don’t have a face, because nobody has. What you can see at the mirror is just what you believe to be. We shape our face according to our habits, what we think to be or what we guess to become. It could seem a projection of our deep and hidden thoughts, but most of time it’s only the outcome of what society says is important for us.
(The Lady in the Shadow)