XVII International Poetry Competition now open
deadline 30th April 2017
EARLY BIRDS: enter before midnight 31st December and enjoy reduced fees
see Competition page HERE
patron of POTL Carol Ann Duffy, poet laureate UK,
described the POTL annual celebration
the South Bank Show, ITV, 6 December 2009 :
"...perhaps the smallest but possibly the most perfect poetry festival in the world".
Poets present in past editions include:
Al Alvarez,Kevin Bailey,Carole Baldock, Gary Bills, Massimo Bocchiolo,Gillian Clarke, John F. Deane, Bruna Dell'Agnese, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy, Anne-Marie Fyfe, James Harpur, Dato Magradze, John Hartley Williams, Christopher North, Brian Patten, Jo Shapcott, Penelope Shuttle, Kenneth Steven, Anne Stewart, Will Stone, Michael Swan, D.M.Thomas.
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Pocket guide to the art, history, legend, personalities and curiosities of the island.
120 pages fully illustrated with colour photos. Paperback or pdf. Ebook in preparation
Contact poetry on the lake
the Hildegard of Bingen anthology
'Hildegard: visions & inspiration' illustrated in colour
is available now from Poetry on the Lake (see Contact page)
Poetry on the Lake is the only poetry celebration in a guide book to Italy and see
South Bank Show, 6th December 2009, Channel One, ITV & Guardian (Travel) 9th March 2012.
Other TV transmissions featuring Poetry on the Lake:
MagicaItalia (Rai 1 2011) and Mixitalia (Rai 1 2012).
Also in The Telegraph, Sunday Times, American Reporter, La Stampa and many other papers and journals see. and in new edition of Rough Guide
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! And in 2013 and 2014 we added a lake, Lake Maggiore, centering the event at Villa Carlotta, Belgirate.
Founded in 2001 and organised by Gabriel Griffin, assisted by
Kevin Bailey and with M.C.s Robert Morley and Barry Tempest,
the seat is on Isola San Giulio,
the antique island on Lake Orta in the Alpine foothills of northern Italy.
Annual events include the spring international competition and the
autumn celebration. Poetry on the Lake edits anthologies and a journal.
Isola San Giulio seen from Orta main square
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Culture is at the bottom of the list for funding in 2017 and Poetry on the Lake falls between two stools - British orgs won't fund because we are in Italy, Italians hesitate because the events are mainly (but not only) in English and. according to the Mayor of Orta, "poetry isn't popular"!
anthology Reflections on Lake Orta here
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