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Turning conflict into creation

Prominent poets, internationally renowned critics, and eminent translators will gather in St Andrews next week, to lead an examination of the transformation of conflict into creation through poetry.

The event, organised by Mosaici, the St Andrews Journal of Italian Poetry, will be their second International Conference and will take place in Parliament Hall on 15 – 17 March 2010.

A collaboration between the Universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Hull; the conference is supported by a number of local and national bodies including StAnza, the St Andrews Poetry Forum, the Society for Italian Studies, and Edinburgh’s Italian Cultural Institute.

Discussions will include poetry of denunciation and propaganda, poetry of the body, poetry in translation, poetry of social-political conflict, poetry of war, vested poetry, feminist poetry and identity in poetry.

Rossella Riccobono said:

“Poetry creates a reaction to those issues and raises new questions, maps new terrain, moves around the stones of the mosaic of human realities and proposes new pictures, new perspectives, new embroideries.

“In every case poetry creates artefacts, chisel in hand, by skilled craftsman and women whose purpose is that of opening up new possibilities and spaces for human language.”

Special guests will include Valerio Magrelli from Rome, one of the most prominent, living Italian poets, Laura Barile from Siena and Alberto Bertoni from Bologna, renowned poetry critics, and Marco Fazzini, former translator in residence at the University of St Andrews and Scottish literature critic.

Poets Douglas Dunn and Alexandra Petrove will also attend as special guests.

Click here for registration form and conference fees.

Issued by the University of St Andrews

Contact: Emma Shea, Communications Manager on 01334 462 167 or email Emma.Shea@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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