Poetry on the Lake

Orta San Giulio


Isola San Giulio from Orta San Giulio.

Lake Orta, Piedmont (north of Milan), Italy  October, 2008

 It can get a bit compulsive taking photos of this island as the light changes throughout the day, but these will do for now.


This three day festival is held at various venues in and around Orta SG but the celebratory finale  take place on the island in Salle Talleone, a 17th palazzo reached by small ferry boats.  

Water lapping, church bells floating across the lake, 6-7 course meals at long tables with poets, much pasta, wine. What's not to like?


Judges Jo Shapcott, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Swan with competition winners, Vivienne Tregenza, E.C.O'Leary and others in Salle Talleone.

The Wyvern, (an Alessi Bowl, ) presented to the winners of two competitions - themed or formal . This year to Caroline Carver and Vivienne Tregenza.