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Elena Ferrante to write weekly column for Guardian’s Weekend magazine

Elena Ferrante, the Italian novelist behind the acclaimed Neapolitan series, is to write her first weekly regular newspaper column for the Guardian’s new look Weekend magazine.

Elena Ferrante to write weekly column for Guardian’s Weekend magazine

The weekly column will cover Ferrante’s thoughts on life, love, childhood, ageing, the female experience and everything in between. Her inaugural column will focus on her first love.

Melissa Denes, editor of Weekend, said: "I'm thrilled to be working with Elena Ferrante on her first newspaper column - a new adventure for her and for Guardian Weekend magazine. Every week, she will be writing a personal piece, covering subjects from sex to ageing to the things that make her laugh. I can't wait to see where she will take us."

Weekend has been redesigned as part of The Guardian’s move to tabloid format with the first new look issue appearing on 20 January.

The first cover of the new issue features an exclusive photoshoot and interview with Kate Moss by her long-time collaborator David Bailey.

The magazine will also feature a new column ‘Bossing It’ from entrepreneur and founder of WAH nails, Sharmadean Reid, who’ll be giving readers advice on work/life balance.

Following the launch of the Guardian in tabloid format on 15 January, all sections of the Saturday Guardian have been redesigned. In addition to Weekend, say the publishers, the paper will include:

* Feast, a new 24 page food magazine featuring recipes and food writers - including new restaurant critic Grace Dent;

* Review, now a “beautiful and stylish” books magazine;

* Travel, full of holiday ideas; and

* the “hip and essential” Guide