Distinguished mediaeval scholar Vincent Moleta lives at Fontecolombo, a magnificent Italianate homestead he had built 300km south of Perth. He retired there in 2000 after 27 years teaching in the Department of Italian at the University of Western Australia. From there he maintains his AEolian Press and has founded an annual festival of chamber music (www.chambermusic.com.au). His earlier books include Guinizzelli in Dante, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1981; From St Francis to Giotto, Chicago, Franciscan Herald Press, 1983; Gloriosa donna de la mente, Firenze, Olschki, 1994; Umberto Saba: Poetry and Prose, Bridgetown, AEolian Press, 2004. He directs - for the academic publisher L.S. Olschki, Florence, - the series 'Italian Medieval and Renaissance Studies'.