Scritture Giovani is a project devised by Festivaletteratura, to promote young European writers. It started in 2002 with the support of the European Union’s Cultural Programme and has continued with increasing success.
It involves several of Europe’s major literary festivals - Festivaletteratura, Hay Festival (United Kingdom), Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin (Germany).
Rebecca F. John - Scritture Giovani 2016
This year, Scritture Giovani asked authors Ilaria Gaspari, Mercedes Lauenstein, Nina Polak and British author Rebecca F. John to celebrate Shakespeare’s anniversary in style. The challenge was to tap into the dark chords of drama and the lighter and more hilarious ones of comedy, to weave and reveal plots, and invent with the same ready fantasy roles for protagonists and characters with a single line only, to mix the bitter with the sweet to offer us once again the pleasure of literature.
Llyr Gwyn Lewis - Scritture Giovani 2015
Llyr Gwyn Lewis, Welsh author and lecturer in Welsh at Cardiff University, represented UK at this year's Scritture Giovani. He's been asked, together with his colleagues Valerie Fritsch, Marco Parlato, Elske Rahill, to write a story on the subject of "Home". "Birds" is the piece that he wrote for the Festival.
Jemma King - Scritture Giovani 2014
Welsh poet Jemma L King was invited to the 2014 edition, together with writers Luca Giordano (Italy) and Florian Kessler (Germany).The authors presented short stories written specifically for this project and the subject providing the leitmotif for the 2014 edition was Sarajevo. The piece written by Jemma was entitled "The white fairy".
Jemma won the Terry Hetherington Young Writer of the Year Award in 2011 and her creative and academic work has been published internationally. Her debut collection, The Shape of a Forest, was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2013. In 2013, King began working on a poetry project, funded by Literature Wales, that sought to give voice to anonymous women of antique photographs. She is also a literary critic.
Meirion Jordan - Scritture Giovani 2013
Meirion Jordan grew up in Cwmllynfell in Wales and studied Mathematics at Somerville College, Oxford. He took the MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich,where he also completed the PhD. "Jerusalem" was the subject of the Festival: that was the city where the authors of Scritture Giovani 2013 - Laura Fidaleo, Maarten Inghels, Felix Stephan - met each other and to which they dedicated their short stories. Meirion's story was entitled "Translationum Sancti Iohanni Baptiste"
Eurig Salisbury - Scritture Giovani 2012
On September 2012, the British Council supported the presence of Welsh Children’s poet laureate Eurig Salisbury, who was invited to the Festival together with his colleagues authors Francesca Scotti, Antonia Baum and Andrea Lundgren. The authors wrote stories on the subject of "Why?". Eurig's piece was entitled "The Fisherman".
Eurig is a research fellow at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth.