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XVIII International Celebration Lake Orta, 28th-30th September 2018

note: Orta is small, venues likewise. Only a limited number of places available for participants.
Let me know please by email  if you wish to participate. No Tickets but Donations (see Contact page)


Celebration began Friday afternoon, 28th September at 3.30 pm in the Palazzotto with Pupils Meet Poets
mini workshops for liceo students facilitated by poets. 
Students of the British School in MIlan  Mayor of Orta with students from two schools 
 Palazzotto, Orta San Giulio Mini workshops facilitated by poets 

Poets participating include:
Dorothy Yamamoto, Elisabeth Rowe, Derek Sellen, Maggie Butt,  Miriam Calleja, Jenna Plewes,
Mary Anne Smith. Stephanie Green, Scott Elder, Susi Clare, Anne Stewart, Peter Duff, Anne Ballard,
Barry Tempest, Jane Burn, Philip Morre, Natalie Whittaker, Sarah Barr, Sean Martin, Christopher North

We are delighted to have with us this year
Francesca Diano
who will present "I libri scrigni" di Gilberto Rolla in her talk
"Image, Poetry, Imagination" 
Palazzotto, Orta, Saturday 29th October, following the Silver Wyvern Awards

There will be the traditional Itinerant Readings in the woods and chapels of Sacro Monte
Don't forget the Poets' Last Supper - contact Susi Clare over the weekend.


POTL thanks for their support: Citta' di Orta
Alessi, poetrypf, Unione Turistico Lago d'Orta,
CasaFantini, Hotel San Rocco, Albergo Leon d'Oro, Olina, 
Fondazione BPN per il territorio, 
and all the poets
who come and contribute to the Celebration with their presence and their poems

PROGRAMME 2017 (italiano: 



XV Poetry on the Lake Celebration 
9-11th October 2015
Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker 
and international poets


places limited, please book. Events free to entrants of the spring competition, 
all others please make a donation ( suggested 50 euro but no limits...)  before end September
(button on Contact page)

Given the enthusiasm of the poets and the organiser and
notwithstanding the disastrous lack of funds, we held the 15th event.

NOTE: when booking hotels (see Staying page) & taxi/minibus (Davide at info@taxilagodorta.it)
please mention Poetry on the Lake (you should get a discount)

n.b. events at Orta, most readings in the Palazzotto (Palazzo dell'Universita' della Riviera)
in Piazza Motta (the old building on columns)


Traditional Poets' dinner Sunday 11th October - contact Susi susiclare@gmail.com 

 Poetry on the Lake  XIV Celebration 
Friday 10
th-Sunday 12th October 2014


ore 18.00
Thesaura Naturae, Largo De Gregori
‘HILDEGARD OF BINGEN – visions & inspiration’
Presentation of the anthology

con il sostegno di:
Alessi, BPN Fondazione per il territorio, Hotel Villa Carlotta, Regione Piemonte,
Comuni di Belgirate e di Orta San Giulio


tel: (0039) 032276461     email: info@villacarlottalagomaggiore.it

ARRIVING at BELGIRATE: please click HERE  for info


'Lo splendore del tempo'
Carol Ann Duffy (Poet Laureate UK) 
with translators Floriana Marinzuli and Bernardino Nera
(readings in Italian & English)
return 7.30 p.m  

programme 2012

Celebration and Awards 2011
23rd-25th September

         The Mayor of Orta, Cesare Natale, with poets at the Town Hall.

 British Consul General, Vic Annells, Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke and Will Stone with the prizewinners at Sala Tallone, Isola San Giulio



Wednesday 15 December 16.00 Isola San Giulio

book presentation

'Along the Old Way: a pilgrimage from Orta to Varallo with Samuel Butler'


Gabriel Griffin.
illustrated guide book and account of a modern pilgrimage, recalling figures in history who passed this way, folklore and poetry.

order on line from www.lafeltrinelli.it  or www.ilmiolibro.it or from poetryonthelake(at)yahoo.co.uk


1-3 October, 2010, 10th International
Poetry Celebration

Thanks to all who participated!


PALAZZOTTO, Piazza Motta

16.45  welcome

M.C. Robert Morley

presentation of the anthologies 2010

‘Reflections on LakeOrta


a collection of poems inspired by the lake, illustrated with colour photos.
usual price €22, on this occasion €18 (poets who have contributed receive a complimentary copy.and may buy further copies for € 15)


'From the Lake-side'
Brief writings and anecdotes by authors past & present


Ferry, Piazza Motta  17.15

to celebrate Gianni Rodari

'The Poetry Cruise'

Lake Orta – Omegna

in collaboration with the Città  di Omegna

  * ‘The Poetry Journey’

James Harpur

Ireland Fund of Monaco poet-in-residence at

the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco


thanks to Elisa and Elena Tallone

Silver Wyvern Awards

presented by

H.M. Consul General

Dr Laurence Bristow-Smith


‘The poetics of Carol Ann Duffy’

Bernardino Nera e &  Floriana Marinzuli

Carol Ann Duffy
poet laureate

prizewinners present and reading will receive, besides the cash prize,
an object of design La Stanza dello Scirocco, designed by Mario Trimarchi for ALESSI
Poetry on the Lake thanks ALESSI for their suppo

Sacro Monte,  Chapel I, 11.00

winners 2007 in Sala Tallone

Some past events:

Saturday, 8th May

5.00 p.m.British Council, Milan

presentation of X Celebration, 1-3 October 2010

together with showing of ITV film The South Bank Show
that was partly filmed at the IX POTL Celebration
and was broadcast 6th December 2009 on Channel One


with thanks to ITV



Sunday 21st March, 2010


"Poetry takes wing"



Sunday 7th March

"La poesia è femmina"

Piazza Ragazzoni, Orta San Giulio

con per te da Orta

and at Omegna, Saturday 6th March


"Have a heart!"    "Prendere il mio cuore!"

Poems for St Valentine's Day

Isola San Giulio, Sunday 14 February, 2010




IX Poetry on the LakeCelebration   Silver Wyvern Awards:

25-27 September, 2009, Orta San Giulio

with Carol Ann Duffy,  Jo Shapcott, Penelope Shuttle, Caroline Carver,

Michael Swan, Will Stone , Barry Tempest, Kate Miller, Wayne Price,
Ann Gray
et al

M.C. Robert Morley


H.M. Consul General Dr Laurence Bristow-Smith  kindly consented to present the prizes at the Silver Wyvern Awards on Saturday afternoon





21st February, Ameno. Palazzo Tornielli, The Tristan Codas : poetry and dance inspired by the story of Tristan and Isotto with poet: Alan Bern (California) and Lucinda Weaver (New York).  Angela Passerello reading  "Ananta delle voci bianche".


25th April, Cornwall : Poetry on the Lake at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, a huge success and a most enjoyable event, thanks to organiser Caroline Carver, assisted by Moira Andrew and the Falmouth Poetry Society. Poets participating included previous Poetry on the Lake adjudicators: Jo Shapcott, Penelope Shuttle, John Hartley Williams, Michael Swan, together with James Byrne, editor of The Wolf, and Sandeep Parmar .      


15th May, Baveno: Gabriel Griffin presents Poetry on the Lake at the Camera di Commercio di Verbania in the course of the Round Table Piemonte Donna, Le Donne, la Cultura e l’Arte: un impegno al femminile", con il sostegno del “Comitato per la promozione dell’Imprenditoria Femminile”. organized by arch Mirella Motta. The prefetto di Verbania, S.E. dr R. Ubaldi, amante della poesia di Elisabeth Barrett Browning intervened.


11-12th July, Ameno: Poetry in the Lake participates in Studi Aperti.


25-27 September, Poetry on the LakeIX Celebration




12th February 2008 : Carol Ann Duffy reading at Hotel San Rocco (English /Italian) .

Reading with Carol Ann was Michael J.Woods, editor of Tandem poetry magazine. The audience included teachers and students from The Chase School, Malvern.




13th February

Basilica St. Giulio

 Carol Ann Duffy and Anna Maria Cànopi, Abbess of the Benedictine monastery Mater Ecclesiae

reading in the island  basilica in English and in Italian