Reading Saturday 12th May, Valeria Melchioretto and Annelisa Alleva

May 4, 2012

The Keats-Shelley House is happy to host poets Valeria Melchioretto and Annelisa Alleva for a joint poetry-reading in English and Italian, in which they will read their translations of each other's work. The event will take place on Saturday the 12th of May at 4pm. The address is Piazza di Spagna 26. The museum's normal entrance fee applies.

The available space is limited, therefore you are kindly requested to reserve your seats by writing to: or by calling the number 06 678 42 35, thanks.

Valeria Melchioretto is the author of  The End of Limbo (Salt 2007) and Podding Peas (Hearing Eye 2004). In 2005 she won the New Writing Ventures Award for Poetry and in the following year received a bursary from the Arts Council of England. Her poems appeared in established and aspiring periodicals in the UK and Ireland as well as in anthologies such as Women’s Work (Seren 2008). Valeria has also published short stories and reviews, and in 2008 she became a Hawthornden Fellow. She is of Italian parentage, was born in Winterthur, Switzerland and moved to London in the 90s to study for her Master’s Degree in Fine Art.

Annelisa Alleva was born in Rome, where she lives. She has published eight books of poetry and her latest publication La casa rotta (The Broken House) received the Sandro Penna Prize in 2010. Her numerous translations include all prose work of Pushkin in 1990 and Anna Karenina (Prize Russia-Italia 2010 for the best Italian Translation of a Tolstoy’s work). Her poems, memories, essays have been published in Russian, English and in other languages.

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