Antonio Gramsci: A New Year’s Letter

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) was one of the great political philosophers of the 20th century. Founder of the Italian Communist Party (PCI), he was imprisoned...

Translation Workshop, Forlì

Tuesday 2 December 2014

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a translation workshop on some of my poems, presented by Adele D’Arcangelo, to the Masters students at...

Dino Campana

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Born in Marradi, in the northern part of the Province of Firenze, in 1885, Dino Campana led the life of the wandering poète maudit, although it must...

Lorenzo Mari

Friday 10 October 2014

"Lorenzo Mari (born Mantua, 1984) is an Italian writer and translator. His latest collection of poems is Nel Debito di Affiliazione ("Indebted affiliation"),was...

Gruppo 77 - The 77 Group

Sunday 20 July 2014

As a member of the 2014 Italo-Irish Literature Exchange I had the pleasure of reading with some members of Bologna’s fascinating and hospitable Gruppo...

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Tuesday 26 November 2013

This is a sonnet addressed to Michelangelo’s love Tommaso di Cavalieri, who was 23 when he and Michaelangelo met. Michelangelo was 57 and already regarded...

Guido Leotta

Thursday 24 October 2013

My dear friend Guido Leotta died of a heart attack in his beloved city of Faenza on the night of the 1st of February 2014. This webpage is dedicated...

Miscellaneous Translations

Saturday 5 January 2013

These are poems or fragments of poems that took my fancy over the years. At this stage I don’t even know where I found them, other than the attribution...

Seán ó Ríordáin

Tuesday 1 January 2013

Seán Ó Ríordáin (1916-1977) was born in the west Cork village of Baile Mhúirne. Although English was his first language, he chose to write in Irish....

Rosaria Lo Russo

Monday 5 November 2012

I am delighted to post this translation. It is the result of a year-long collaboration with Serena Todesco. It was first published in the Cork Literary...