Box Office: Island in the Sun Where Interest in Welsh Literature Is Heating Up; Arts & Entertainment Four Welsh-Language Authors Travelled to Sardinia Due to the Growing Interest from Italy in Literature from Wales. among Them Was Novelist and Short Story-Writer Harri Pritchard Jones, Who Reveals How the Trip Went

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Box Office: Island in the Sun Where Interest in Welsh Literature Is Heating Up; Arts & Entertainment Four Welsh-Language Authors Travelled to Sardinia Due to the Growing Interest from Italy in Literature from Wales. among Them Was Novelist and Short Story-Writer Harri Pritchard Jones, Who Reveals How the Trip Went


Byline: Harri Pritchard Jones

COLUMNIST and poet Menna Elfyn, poet Iwan Llwyd, novelist Wiliam Owen Roberts and I visited two major centres during our time in Sardinia.

Our first venue was a handsome university building in the island's second largest city, Sassari. We then travelled up into the mountains, to a community hall in the town of Nuoro. Translations of our work were read - works which have already been published in Italian.

The translators are a married couple who have been assiduous in translating and presenting works by Welsh authors, both Welsh and English language ones, to the Italian reading public.

Silvana Siviero was born in Caerphilly to Italian parents, and then lived in Newport for 14 years. Her husband, Andrea Bianchi, is a poet and prose writer who is being published serially at present in the Welsh short-story magazine, Blue Tattoo. They both speak English fluently and have a modicum of Welsh.

Sardinian writers responded in the discussions and by reading their work, and Professor Giuseppe Serpillo helped bridge the linguistic divide. He is a professor of English locally, and an expert on Irish literature, with a developing interest in the literatures of Wales.

That interest in writing from Wales can be seen across Italy, with a growing number of books translated into Italian. …

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