Rocco Scotellaro

21st February 2013 19:00
Waterstones Piccadilly
Poet in the City was delighted to present the launch of Your Call Keeps Us Awake a brand new translation of the poetry of Rocco Scotellaro.

Translated for the first time into English, these poems represent the international legacy of one of Italy’s most important modern poets.Featuring an introduction to Scotellaro by celebrated poet David Constantine, author of the acclaimed short story collection Tea at the Midland (2012), with readings in English by translators Allen Prowleand Caroline Maldonado and in Italian by Cristina Viti.

Rocco Scotellaro (1923-53), the poet of Italian peasant life, never saw his work published, dying of a heart attack aged thirty. È Fatto Giorno (Day Break), published posthumously in 1954, was awarded the prestigious Viareggio and Pellegrino prizes.

Allen Prowle was awarded the 2007 Times/Stephen Spender prize for his translations of the Italian poet Attilio Bertolucci.

Caroline Maldonado has translated from Spanish, French and Italian. Her first novel, Scent of the Orchid, was published in 2013.
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