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Crossings: A Joint Bilingual Poetry Reading



Crossings: A Joint Bilingual Poetry Reading

Crossings: A Joint Bilingual Poetry Reading

by Marco Fazzini & Gerda Stevenson

Introduced by James Reid Baxter


Marco Fazzini and Gerda Stevenson read their poetry in English and Italian, covering both their recent and past productions and highlighting their relationship with places, people, political and historical events, travel and music.

Marco Fazzini is a poet, critic and translator. He is the editor of the first history of Scottish literature published outside Scotland: Alba Literaria (2005). Some of his latest books insist on poetry and songwriting (Canto un mondo libero, 2012), on translation (Tradurre, paradiso dei poeti, 2005), and on meetings with poets (Conversations with Scottish Poets, 2015, and The Saying of It, 2017). His major poetry books are: Nel vortice (1999); XX poesie (2007); Driftings and Wrecks (2010); 24 Selected Poems (2014); Riding the Storm: Ten New Poems (2016), 21 poesie/poemas/poems (trilingual book, 2017). He teaches English and Post-colonial Literatures at the University of Ca’ Foscari (Venice) and is Artistic Director of the festival “Poetry Vicenza”.

Gerda Stevenson is a widely published writer, actor, director, singer-songwriter, working in theatre, radio, TV, opera and film, throughout Britain and abroad; her opera libretto, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a contemporary take on Coleridge’s poem, was commissioned and produced by University of Edinburgh, 2017; her poetry collection If This Were Real (Smokestack Books, 2013), was published in Italian, Se questo fosse vero (Edizioni Ensemble, Rome, 2017); Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland (Luath Press, 2018); Inside & Out – the art of Christian Small (Scotland Street Press, 2019), with an introduction and poems by Gerda.

James Reid Baxter is an honorary research fellow in Scottish History at Glasgow University. He has been active in bringing about and participating in live performances of Renaissance Scottish drama, poetry and music since 1982. Since 1993 he has published widely on the history, music, literature and religious life of 16th and early 17th Scotland, including books on the poetry of Elizabeth Melville in 2010 and the Dunfermline composer Jhone Angus in 2011.


Date: Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Institute of Culture

In collaboration with : StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival

Entrance : Free


Italian Institute of Culture, 82 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9EW