Inga Pelosi Leighton | The Open College of the Arts
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Inga Pelosi Leighton

I am fascinated by words and by the worlds they create before our eyes.

When I was sixteen, I fell in love with the spoken word: pulled against my will to an audition for the theatrical production of “Elektra” by Sophocles, I could hardly believe it when I stepped onto the stage and lost myself in delivering the words of an ancient Greek tragedian. My love for storytelling began there and then, when I understood the power of words for the audience and for the person delivering them. Writing my own monologues and plays led me to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to then try my hand in London’s West End with my own one-woman show; it was my first big failure as a performer and it delivered enough of a shock to make me pause and think about who I really wanted to be. I started writing more, combining my imagination and taste with the knowledge of European literature, art and cinema acquired when studying Humanities. At the same time, I studied criminal law – my plan B, or so I thought – and immersed myself into analytical thinking, structure, use of rhetorical devices, studying society and human behaviour.

Anything I wrote, I would try to make it happen.

I founded my own UK-based film-making company, Storm and Light Pictures, writing and producing award-winning short films (“Poor unfortunate souls” UKFF, Trani FF, Cinestesia FF official selection, “The Starmaker” Speechless FF and European FF official selection, “The other truth” Shorts on Tap and Catharsis FF official selection). My initiation and my approach to screenwriting was and still is that of “learning by doing it”.

Along with writing my own stories, I currently help other writers with their creative projects, by offering consultancy, support and development opportunities as a freelancer. Amongst my clients I have the pleasure to be collaborating as a creative consultant with Mr Michael Radford (“1984”, “Il postino”).

Originally from Italy, I translate adults’ and children’s books in the language pair English-Italian for major international publishers and I also teach Italian and English as a Second Language (ESL) as a private tutor.

At the end of the day, it’s all about words.

I look forward to working together!

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