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Poet and harpist Francesco Benozzo with Antonella Riem (Udine University) at Bath Spa University
Posted on January 12, 2024
Francesco Benozzo and Co-founder of GALA since 2014, Antonella Riem (Udine University), visited Bath Spa University in November where they met with the Vice Chancellor and Provost, as well as colleagues in creative writing, music and literature. Poet and harpist Benozzo also delivered a talk and performance at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. In this concert, he performed traditional music originating from differing territories focusing on the intertwined essence of world music. He portrays a dimension where life and music are suspended between reality and dream, artistic imagination and the creativeness of tradition.
You can watch the video of the concert here: Francesco Benozzo – The Ridge & the Song: Harp Concert – YouTube
Francesco Benozzo is Associate Professor of Romance Philology and Linguistics at the University of Bologna, where he coordinates the Doctorate in “Literary and Cultural Studies”. He is a poet and musician of international fame (candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature from Pen International since 2015). He is the founder of Ethnophilology, a discipline that interacts with the texts in an anti-authoritarian, libertarian perspective and with a focus on native and oral traditions. He has issued 15 musical albums released in Italy, Denmark and UK. He won numerous important music prizes including the title of Honorary Bard of Portugal. Among his latest books: Speaking Australopithecus, 2019, Carducci, 2021, The Ridge and the Song. Sailing the Archipelago of Poetry, 2022, Poeti della Marea, 2022, Sciamanica. Poems from the Borders of the Worlds, 2023.
Professors Antonella Riem, Ian Gadd and John Strachan have each supported the nomination of Francesco Benozzo for the Nobel Prize in Literature.