Saturday, 26 May 2018


Summer is close, even if  I'll be travelling to coordinate two writing retreats, I will continue teaching online creative writing for Italian and English Speakers.
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I'm often asked if it's possible to learn how to write. I think that the most important thing is to learn how to read. From what we read and how we read  depends our writing.
It is true, every one has a story to tell, everyone actually is a story, we are stories but if we think that our stories are of universal value, we need to know how to tell them and own the writing subject, experiment and explore its possibilities.

L'estate è alle porte,  sarò in viaggio ad organizzare due rititi per scrittori. Tuttavia continuerò a tenere corsi di scrittura online per scrittori esordienti e con esperienza che scrivono in lingua italiana e in lingua inglese. 
Mi viene spesso chiesto se sia possibile imparare a scrivere. Direi che è innanzi tutto fondamentale imparare a leggere. Da come e cosa si legge dipende la qualità della nostra scrittura.
E' vero, noi siamo delle storie, abbiamo tutti tante storie da raccontare, ma questo non basta. Perché essere possano arrivare a contagiare gli altri, a diffondersi, a trovare una strada propria, occorre impadronirsi della materia scritta, sperimentare e conoscere le infinite possibilità della scrittura.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Storytelling & Bookmaking Workshop

We all have a story to tell.  This workshop is an intensive journey where our children are encouraged to tell their stories. Stories that are inclusive in which they feel represented. Through a guided path, they will write their story, create the illustrations for it, bind the book and learn different ways of publishing and sharing their work.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Friday, 1 December 2017

Of things that hurt | Poetry from Kenya

La Macchina Sognante, the literary magazine directed by poet Pina Piccolo, has now an English version: The Dreaming Machine
I'm glad that in the first issue of the magazine Kevin Mwachiro and Seise Bagbo's poems found a home. 
Here a taste of them:


Your Wind

My radio is silent and the TV faceless
Yet your voice forever tuned-in and your memory glued.
Your stature earthed, but your roots your legacy
Your smile dimmed, but your radiance glows
Your wind – how strong it still blows!


Of the things that hurt,
Of all the things that i cried for but didn’t get,
Of the fresh wounds that bleed but won’t be nursed,
Of the stories that dried up in our throats,
Of our hearts that hang on fences,
Unloved and unloving,
Of all the men and women who broke our hearts,
We still see you in the reflections of our brokenness,
Of the betrayal and loyalty,
The knives are still stuck at the places you stabbed,
Of us all who survived,
The scars are a show that we are still alive,
That we fought and got here,
Our names stuck with the stars,
Of you who fought by us,
We die by the sword,
Of all the moments,
Of pleasure and pain,
Of kings and paupers,
Of queens and chamber maids,
Of us all.
We lived, we loved

Monday, 28 August 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Creative Encounters #3

Creative Encounters #3 just ended and it was a great day. The platform is growing, this time we had about 80 people attending the event.
As Kobo Trust recently hosted the exhibition Arts to End Slavery, organized by Haart Kenya, we wanted to dedicate also this event to the topic of human trafficking.
Though it is outlawed everywhere, human trafficking exists globally.  According to latest global index, 46 millions of people today live as slaves. The report indicates 167 countries where slavery still happens. Modern slavery is a multi-billion-dollar industry with estimates of up to $ 150 billion generated annually, I guess this statistic is not updated but it gives a sense of the impact in our societies. 
When words fail us in front of these dreadful statistics, Art is the only tool we have to raise awareness and address social change. Creative Encounters is a platform that gathers together artists from different art fields to inspire one another and offer the possibility to create new forms of artistic partnerships and collaboration.
Through this platform we are also committed in addressing, through art, social issues and social change making impact. We use art to enlighten, educate and discuss subjects that are of great weight and concern in the society such as gender equality, youth empowerment, human trafficking, migration, homophobia, racism, inequality, gender based violence.

The artists who were on stage were:
Mufasa Poet | Ijakaa Imo | Mamboleo | Tarcisse Kana | Valentina Mmaka | Naitiemu Nyanjom | Dikson Kaloki | Florin Mmaka | Ian Msanii | RoyRoyboy | Stacey Ravvero | Peter Ngila | Clara Castells

Mufasa Poet | Dikson Kaloki | I | Peter Ngila

Clara Castells
Ian Msanii
Naitiemu Nyanjom
Stacey Ravvero