Italian poet, Antonella Anedda, and her translators, Irish poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and British poet Jamie McKendrick. Reading and discussion.
Poet and essayist Antonella Anedda was born in Rome to a Sardinian family. She studied in Rome and Venice, and received a degree in the History of Modern Art. Her work comprises poems and essays, as well as translations, primarily of poetry (including authors such as Ovid, Philippe Jaccottet, Anne Carson and Jamie McKendrick). Her own poems have been included in several anthologies, both Italian and foreign. The collection Notti de pace occidentale won her the Eugenio Montale Prize in 2000, whilst her 2012 book Salva con nome received the Viareggio-Repaci Prize. Her latest book, Isolatria-Viaggio nell’ Arcipelago della Maddalena, was published in 2013. Anedda teaches at the University of Lugano, Switzerland. In 2014, she was awarded the Premio Puškin for her poetic and essayistic oeuvre.
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin was born in Cork City in 1942, educated at University College Cork and at Oxford before spending her working life as an academic in Trinity College, Dublin. She is a founder member of the literary journal Cyphers. She has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Irish Times Award for Poetry, the O’Shaughnessy Award of the Irish-American Cultural Institute and the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Her collections include Acts and Monuments (1972, winner of the 1973 Patrick Kavanagh Award), Site of Ambush (1975), The Second Voyage (1977, 1986), The Rose Geranium (1981), The Magdalene Sermon (1989) which was shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award, The Brazen Serpent (1994), The Girl Who Married the Reindeer (2001), Selected Poems (2008) and Legend of the Walled-up Wife (translations from the Romanian of Ileana Malancioiu, 2011). The Boys of Bluehill (2015) is her first collection since The Sun-fish which won the 2010 Griffin International Poetry Prize and was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is a Fellow and Professor of English (Emerita) at Trinity College, Dublin and a member of Aosdána.
Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955, and has published six books of poetry, including The Marble Fly (O.U.P. 1997) which won the Forward Prize and, most recently, Out There (Faber, 2012) which won the Hawthornden Prize. A selected poems, Sky Nails, was published by Faber in 2001. He edited The Faber Book of 20th-Century Italian Poems and his translations include a selected poems of Valerio Magrelli, The Embrace (Faber, 2009), and of Antonella Anedda: Archipelago (Bloodaxe, 2014). He has also translated the prose of Giorgio Bassani and a play by Pasolini. Next year Faber will be publishing a second Selected Poems.