13th International Poetry Competition for the Silver Wyvern Awards has closed, see COMPETITION page for other competitions
CALL for poems inspired by Hildegard of Bingen for anthology. See Contact page to send
Poetry on the Lake is the only celebration in a guide book to Italy and see
The South Bank Show, 6th December 2009, Channel One, ITV
The Guardian (Travel) 9th March 2012. Other TV transmissions featuring Poetry on the Lake:
MagicaItalia (Rai 1 2011) and Mixitalia (Rai 1 2012).
12th International Poetry Competition now closed. Results HERE. Silver Wyvern Awards donated by Alessi were presented at the autumn celebration 27-30 September 2012.
Because of the economic crisis, with poetry coming last on funding lists, we are looking for sponsors; any suggestions or contacts will be much appreciated (as will be Donations, bless those who have donated).
Al Alvarez, Kevin Bailey, Gary Bills, Carole Baldock, Massimo Bocchiolo, Gillian Clarke, John F. Deane, Carol Ann Duffy, James Harpur, John Hartley Williams, Christopher North, Brian Patten, Don Paterson, Jo Shapcott, Penelope Shuttle,
Michael Swan, D.M.Thomas.
Patron of POTL is Carol Ann Duffy, poet laureate UK, who described it on the South Bank Show, ITV, 6 December 2009 as:
"...perhaps the smallest but possibly the most perfect poetry festival in the world".
Poetry readings, workshops, discussions, poetry and dance and music take place all over the lake area: on the island, in the square, on Sacro Monte, in the woods, around the chapels, in the historic palaces (see Palazzo Ubertini) on board ship ('una barca di poeti'- una crociera poetica, october 2010), at Omegna, Orta, Varallo, Invorio, Ameno - poetry has become dynamic!
Founded in 2001 by Gabriel Griffin, the seat is on Isola San Giulio, the antique island on Lake Orta, northern Italy. Annual events include the spring international competition and the autumn celebration. Poetry on the Lake edits numerous anthologies and a journal.
In preparation the second edition of Reflections on Lake Orta, anthology of poems on Orta by poets who have participated in the 12 annual celebrations, including the poem Orta by Carol Ann Duffy. see here
Poetry on the Lake has much prestige but extremely little funding so:
why not sponsor our events? Your logo and news on flyers, posters,
press releases and this website would reach a public of thousands.
Donations very welcome! Culture is at the bottom of the list for funding in 2013 and Poetry on the Lake is in crisis, falling between two stools - British orgs won't fund because we are in Italy, Italians hesitate because the events are mainly (but not always) in English.
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