Thu, September 28, 2017
17:00 – 18:00
VILLA LA PIETRA
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italia
An informal conversation with Finnish poet Riina Katajavuori and Maltese poet Nadia Mifsud over tea in the Acton Library of Villa La Pietra.
Moderated by Elisa Biagini, NYU Florence.
(Opened to NYU Students only.)
In collaboration with the International Poetry Festival Voci lontane, voci sorelle
LPD In Dialogue with Writers
Riina Katajavuori studied at the Universities of Helsinki and Edinburgh and has an M.A. in Literature. She has published six poetry collections, three novels, a collection of short stories, and twelve children’s books. Her latest novel Wenla Männistö (Ladies of Seven Brothers, 2014) is loosely based on the classic Finnish novel Seven Brothers by Aleksis Kivi. It was adapted into a stage monologue for the Finnish National Theatre. A radio play and a full theatre play were also produced. Her poetry has been translated into almost 30 languages and she currently writes radio columns for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. At the moment she is working on a multicultural children’s book Mennään jo naapuriin (Let’s Go and Visit Our Neighbour), as well as writing her seventh poetry collection.
Nadia Mifsud was born in Malta in 1976. She moved to France in 1998. To date, she has published two books of poetry in Maltese, żugraga (2009), and kantuniera ’l bogħod (2015), winner of the 2016 National Book Prize (poetry section). Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her first novel will be published in September 2017. For the past six years, Mifsud has been an active member of Inizjamed, an NGO whose mission is to promote literature in Malta and abroad. With Inizjamed, she has co-organised literary festivals and workshops, often in collaboration with Literature Across Frontiers (LAF). Mifsud also works as a literary translator. As such, she has translated some of the strongest voices in Maltese contemporary literature.