SouthAfrica: Italian Calabrò presents his poetry in Cape Town
Cape Town - World-renowned Italian poet Corrado Calabrò is scheduled to present his poetry reading 'Underdose' in Cape Town later this month. The cultural event, organised by the Italian Institute of Culture in Pretoria (IIC) in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, the Consulate of Italy in Cape Town and the Società Dante Alighieri in Cape Town, will take place on February 22. This is the first time the prolific author who has published over 18 volumes of poetry spanning over four decades, will appear in Cape Town. Calabrò, who've had many of his works translated into foreign languages, will read a selection of his poems in Italian, while South African actor Cameron Robertson will read the English version of the poems. The performance will be accompanied by a live musical appearance from musician Mike Rossi. "For this occassion a book, which includes some of the poems that will be read during the event, has been published," Anna Amendolagine, director of the IIC, said. Born by the sea in Reggio Calabria, Calabrò started writing at a very young age. His first volume of poetry was published in 1960. Various readings of his poetry have been produced on CD by well-known Italian interpreters. His works have also been transposed into classical music and presented in theatres or as recital shows in cities in Italy and abroad.The poet has received a number of literary awards, among which are honoris causa degrees awarded by the Mechnikov University of Odessa in 1997 and an award by the State University of Mariupol in 2015. In 2016 the Lusófona University of Lisbon gave Calabrò the Riconoscimento Damião de Góis.