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Event: Your Call Keeps Us Awake launch - Rocco Scotellaro translations


Scotellaro portrait by Carlo Levi

Regular readers and event visitors of MPT will know that Allen Prowle has translated Rocco Scotellaro before in his excellent MPT pamphlet – what you might not know is that he and Caroline Maldonado, Chair of the MPT Board, now have an entire book of Rocco Scotellaro translations being published!

To anyone who has attended events with Allen and Caroline before, it will come as no surprise to know their translations have secured a publisher in Smokestack Books.  The collection is titled Your Call Keeps Us Awake – and a launch event with Poet in the City is taking place from 6.30pm on Thursday 21st February 2013 on the 2nd Floor at Waterstone’s bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD. 

We’d love for you to attend.

Tickets cost £5 (£3 concessions) and can be purchased in person from Waterstone’s bookshop in Piccadilly or by telephoning Waterstone’s on 020 7851 2419; or emailing

Rocco Scotellaro is quite unknown in the UK and most of the poems in this collection (taken from the 1986 Mondadori edition, Tutte le Poesie) have never been translated into English, so this is an exciting opportunity to bring his work to the wider English-speaking public. 

The event will include a presentation of slides prepared by the Centro di Documentazione di Tricarico in Basilicata, as well as a talk by David Constantine on the relationship between Scotellaro and the writer and painter Carlo Levi, who painted the portrait of Scotellaro used on the book cover. 

The talk will be followed by readings in Italian and English from this bi-lingual edition by Allen, Caroline, and Cristina Viti.

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