Angela Caputo, concorso letterario, Due Pollici D'Avorio, Gabriella Parisi, Giuseppe Ierolli, Ilaria Gradassi, Jane Austen, JASIT, Juvenilia, Maria Lucia Riccioli, Maria Teresa Cascella, Nadia Terranova, Patrizia Lello, personaggi secondari, Persuasione, Petra Zari, protagonisti, racconti, Racconto sotto l'ombrellone, rivista, Silvia Ogier, Una coppia ideale
Ringrazio Maria Teresa Cascella, Giuseppe Ierolli, Silvia Ogier, Gabriella Parisi e Petra Zari, e naturalmente anche Nadia Terranova per aver letto e apprezzato il mio racconto UNA COPPIA IDEALE. Mi farebbe piacere che lo leggeste anche voi e che magari mi scriveste i vostri commenti…
Jane Austen – ma ormai lo sapete – è una delle mie autrici del cuore. Ecco una carrellata di alcune delle mie iniziative:
L’11 luglio 2017, presso la Biblioteca comunale di Canicattini Bagni (CT), sono stata coautrice e protagonista, insieme alla pianista Donatella Motta, di un recital dedicato a Jane Austen in occasione del bicentenario della morte della scrittrice inglese. Il recital è stato replicato il 2 marzo 2018 presso il Cineteatro Italia a Sortino (SR), col patrocinio della Commissione Cultura del Comune di Sortino e la collaborazione della Biblioteca comunale “Andrea Gurciullo” e del Primo istituto comprensivo “G. M. Columba” con il titolo “Vi presento Jane Austen”.
Il 12 febbraio 2019, in occasione della nascita di un Jane Austen Book Club nella città di Catania, presso la Libreria Fenice ho tenuto un incontro sull’epistolario della scrittrice.
Il 19 luglio, insieme ad Alfredo Polizzano e al Club di Jane Austen di Catania, ho tenuto l’incontro “In vacanza con Jane Austen” presso Casa VerbaVolant a Siracusa.
Il 25 febbraio 2020 ho presenziato alla riunione della Libreria Fenice di Catania, in occasione del primo anniversario del Club di Jane Austen.
Sono stata coinvolta nelle iniziative social de El Sitio de Jane Austen in occasione del diciottesimo anniversario (ho interpretato un brano tratto da “L’abbazia di Northanger” e il video relativo è stato diffuso in rete a partire dal 15 maggio 2020).
I'm so happy! I thank Maria Teresa Cascella, Giuseppe Ierolli, Silvia Ogier, Gabriella Parisi and Petra Zari, and of course also Nadia Terranova for reading and appreciating my story AN IDEAL COUPLE. I'd like you to read it too and maybe you would write me your comments ... Jane Austen - but you know it by now - is one of my favorite authors. Here is a rundown of some of my initiatives: On 11 July 2017, at the Municipal Library of Canicattini Bagni (CT), I was co-author and protagonist, together with the pianist Donatella Motta, of a recital dedicated to Jane Austen on the occasion of the bicentenary of the death of the English writer. The recital was repeated on March 2, 2018 at the Cineteatro Italia in Sortino (SR), with the patronage of the Culture Commission of the Municipality of Sortino and the collaboration of the Municipal Library "Andrea Gurciullo" and the First Comprehensive Institute "G. M. Columba ”with the title“ Meet Jane Austen ”. On 12 February 2019, on the occasion of the birth of a Jane Austen Book Club in the city of Catania, I held a meeting on the writer's correspondence at the Libreria Fenice. On July 19, together with Alfredo Polizzano and the Jane Austen Club in Catania, I held the meeting "On vacation with Jane Austen" at Casa VerbaVolant in Syracuse. On 25 February 2020 I attended the meeting of the Fenice Bookshop in Catania, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Jane Austen Club. I was involved in the social initiatives of El Sitio de Jane Austen on the occasion of the eighteenth anniversary (I interpreted an excerpt from "Northanger Abbey" and the related video was released online starting May 15, 2020).
Ma ecco i risultati del concorso – occorreva scrivere un racconto sui personaggi secondari dei romanzi austeniani per renderli protagonisti…
But here are the results of the competition - it was necessary to write a short story about the secondary characters of the Austenian novels to make them protagonists ...
As indicated in the announcement published on February 9th, the time has come to announce the winning names of our fiction contest Secondaries become protagonists! What happens to the "non-protagonists" of Jane Austen's novels? It was a free contest open to all, members and non-members, in which we asked participants to write an unpublished short story freely choosing among the secondary characters of the six major novels of Jane Austen. 48 works were sent and, while it is true that Pride and Prejudice was inevitably super popular (and with a clear preference for Mary Bennet, Georgiana Darcy and Anne De Bourgh), it is equally true that all the novels have been widely explored by the participants, to the great satisfaction of the members of the jury, made up of the five JASIT directors and the guest juror, the writer Nadia Terranova. Before unveiling the winning triad, we would like to thank our special guest for having accompanied us in this narrative adventure, and of course all the people who with their stories have allowed us to look at the varied Austenian microcosm from other points of view. And now, let's find out who won.
Care Lettrici e Cari Lettori,
dopo questa premessa, la Jane Austen Society of Italy (JASIT) è lieta di comunicare la terna vincitrice del Concorso nonché la menzione speciale della nostra giurata ospite, Nadia Terranova:
- PRIMO CLASSIFICATO: Angela Caputo con il racconto intitolato Dick.
Motivazione: “Racconto epistolare che vede come mittente un personaggio insospettabile, un crossover tra due romanzi scritto in modo impeccabile e con una piccola dose di ironia, che non guasta mai quando si parla di Jane Austen”.
Vince un premio in denaro di 300 Euro e la pubblicazione sul numero 13 della rivista di JASIT Due Pollici D’Avorio (previsto per ottobre 2021).
- SECONDO CLASSIFICATO: Patrizia Lello con il racconto intitolato Mio caro fratello.
Motivazione: “Una serie di epistole scritte a distanza di qualche settimana l’una dall’altra, che rappresentano la progressiva manipolazione della realtà da parte di un personaggio che non si arrende all’aver giocato male, e perso. Viene premiato per lo stile così vicino a quello di Jane Austen, da aver fatto pensare a un altro suo amatissimo personaggio, Lady Susan”.
Vince un premio in denaro di 200 Euro e la pubblicazione sul numero 13 della rivista di JASIT Due Pollici D’Avorio (previsto per ottobre 2021).
- TERZO CLASSIFICATO: Maria Lucia Riccioli con il racconto intitolato Una coppia ideale.
Motivazione: “Un delizioso prequel di Persuasione con citazioni varie dalle opere di Jane Austen e una bella sorpresa finale. Scritto molto bene”.
Vince un premio in denaro di 100 Euro e la pubblicazione sul numero 13 della rivista di JASIT Due Pollici D’Avorio (previsto per ottobre 2021).
- MENZIONE SPECIALE DELL’OSPITE DELLA GIURIA: Ilaria Gradassi con il racconto intitolato Le vere eroine hanno sempre difetti.
Motivazione: “Splendida la scrittura e originale l’idea diaristica. Un racconto insieme austeniano e moderno, incantevole e profondo”.
Anche per questo racconto è prevista la pubblicazione sul numero 13 della rivista di JASIT Due Pollici D’Avorio (previsto per ottobre 2021)
La varietà dei racconti è stata così ricca che abbiamo scelto di renderli disponibili alla lettura del pubblico raccogliendoli in un PDF, che potete leggere liberamente a questo link:
Rinnoviamo le nostre più vive congratulazioni alle quattro autrici, i nostri sinceri ringraziamenti a tutti i partecipanti nonché alla nostra gradita ospite Nadia Terranova, e invitiamo lettrici e lettori a leggere i racconti non solo nella raccolta in PDF ma anche nel numero di Due Pollici D’Avorio del prossimo ottobre.
Here it is, if you want to read it in English…
Of the good people in ‘Northanger Abbey’ and ‘Persuasion’ we know nothing more than what is written: for before those works were published their author had been taken away from us, and all such amusing communications had ceased for ever.
James-Edward Austen-Leigh, A Memoir of Jane Austen, Chapter X, "Observations on the novels", trans. G.Ierolli Miss Wentworth, the curate's daughter, was not upset when the brother came to Monkford for lunch on very short notice with… “Mr Croft, to serve you. It is a pleasure to meet the family of my friend Wentworth… many things have changed, yet everything looks the same”, he said with a bow. "You are a native of Somersetshire then." “Returning to the homeland is a particular joy for a sailor. I have to thank Frederick for bringing me back here”. “It seems my brother's destiny is to follow your footsteps, Captain Croft?”. Miss Wentworth finished the sentence in an uncertain questioning tone: the correct title was not clear to her attribute to the guest, despite reading the Navy bulletins to follow the movements of his brother. "It does not matter. For you, Mr Croft”. He would have liked to add his first name, but an unusual shyness brake. He liked it, that sure look of Miss Wentworth, as well as elegant and simple manners together, the slender figure and graceful, the curiosity he showed for the house where he was born, for his boarding, for the next destination. Frederick looked at them smugly, then cast a glance to his friend. "He looks forward to an excellent career in the Navy. The superiors do nothing but sing the praises of it…”. “Tell me about the French, Mr Croft. I have read very conflicting things about Napoleon and I would like to know your opinion…”. Later, they took a walk during which Miss Wentworth and Mr Croft made several pleasant mutual discoveries: to Miss Wentworth the care of the house, the neighbors, the clothes, the dancing and the they liked music, but with moderation and practical spirit. To Mr. Croft, despite his love for travel, the sea and his profession, enjoyed a retreated life in the countryside and simple joys of the table and conversation, art and poets. "I'm a cheap guy, maybe too much," he laughed. "My father educated me almost like a boy ... I can shoot (but not to kill, his eyes smiled), ride and to swim". “Your brother told me that you keep the house bills and that you have even resolved the quarrels with your father's neighbors…”. “Oh, are you referring to the broken wall and the stealing of apples? Nonsense, nothing is so serious that it cannot be resolved with a friendly compromise. My brother has certainly exaggerated”. "I assure you that your brother is very little inclined to exaggeration and I find his observations towards you absolutely correct. You drive the gig much better than him, believe me”. Miss Wentworth lowered her head, and for a moment lost her breath lively that so much was starting to enchant his companion walk. “It certainly depends on the fact that we have lost the mom very soon, and that my dad is a nice man and good, perfect from every point of view, but in need of support in everyday life. But here's Kellynch Lodge. The sight it's very picturesque from here”. Mr Wentworth did not reply. Together they looked at the facade that stood out among the woods and the meadows, then continued without embarrassment, in the silence of an unspoken, mutual understanding. "I notice you brought your rifle." "I like to go out and take it with me, but not to kill." Miss Wentworth glanced sideways at him and met his gaze. Their eyes smiled at each other with an imperceptible flash. “Women on board? You know how I feel, Captain Croft”. “Come on, Wentworth. Our navy knows how to put in a lady at ease". "Frederick, aren't you serious?" Sophie Wentworth protested. “A woman is not an ornament… I'm sure I could itself go to the end of the world on a good ship in the hands of a capable man. The trespassing of the Smith's pig does not they will be my most exciting adventure, I want to hope". The warmth of her voice, the vibration underlying her words they did not escape Captain Croft and, later on, gave some thought even to her brother. It is a universally recognized truth that Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall in Somersetshire would not have accepted the shame to have a sailor in his chosen and chosen family, honor of the Baronetage. Unlike the curate Wentworth, who instead welcomed with joy is the news of her daughter's engagement to the captain Croft. The tears shed on both sides were due only at the thought of separation, since Miss Wentworth she had every intention of following her future husband in his travel: she did not want to be the classic wife of the men of Marina, in eternal waiting for a ship. Captain Croft declared his love while Miss Wentworth cleaned his pipe. The familiar, almost intimate gesture struck him deep inside and gave him the courage to speak. “I am a sailor, Miss Wentworth… Sophy. Can I call you Sophy?". "I learned of this circumstance" she smiled. And then: "Yes, I like Sophy." “I am expected in North Yarmouth. My next boarding will be in two weeks and the day after tomorrow I will leave to fix my apartment. The house has a draft that kills but I think ... I think it could be fixed and…". Sophie Wentworth handed him her pipe and looked him in the eye. Captain Croft took it and looked at it as an object of which unfamiliar with the use. "Your ... our tastes are similar, you yourself have revealed to me that you would not mind living the experience of life in board… and if you don't want to embark I know you would wait for me e I couldn't be happier than… Would you like… I know your character, I knew how you are even before I came here and… I am sure that you will be an excellent companion for me". "Me too". What should I do with your strong, manly, vigorous sketches, full of variety and glow? How could I possibly join them on to the little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush, as produces little effect after much labour? Jane Austen put down her pen for a moment as she wrote to Edward. Friends, relatives and characters from her novels enjoyed her attentive and affectionate care. What to do with Miss Wentworth and Captain Croft? They seemed to her the ideal couple: accomplices, friends rather than husband and wife. Inseparable, similar yet different. He would become Rear Admiral of the Whites. She would follow him to the Indies oriental, would have crossed the ocean four times ... She dipped the pen back into the ink bottle. She decided to give them her own idea of marital bliss while giving Anne Elliot a second chance.
E non finisce qui… c’è anche il concorso di saggistica!
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Dear Readers and Readers, after this premise, the Jane Austen Society of Italy (JASIT) is pleased to announce the winning trio of the Competition as well as the special mention of our guest juror, Nadia Terranova: FIRST PLACE: Angela Caputo with the story entitled Dick. Motivation: "Epistolary story that sees an unsuspected character as the sender, a crossover between two novels written in an impeccable way and with a small dose of irony, which never hurts when it comes to Jane Austen". She wins a cash prize of 300 Euros and the publication in issue 13 of the JASIT Due Pollici D’Avorio magazine (scheduled for October 2021). SECOND PLACE: Patrizia Lello with the story entitled My dear brother. Motivation: "A series of epistles written a few weeks apart, which represent the progressive manipulation of reality by a character who does not give up on having played badly, and lost. He was awarded for his style so close to that of Jane Austen, that it made one think of another beloved character, Lady Susan ”. She wins a cash prize of 200 Euros and the publication in issue 13 of the JASIT Due Pollici D’Avorio magazine (scheduled for October 2021). THIRD PLACE: Maria Lucia Riccioli with the story entitled An ideal couple. Motivation: “A delightful prequel to Persuasion with various quotes from Jane Austen's works and a nice final surprise. Very well written ”. She wins a cash prize of 100 Euros and the publication in issue 13 of the JASIT Due Pollici D’Avorio magazine (scheduled for October 2021). SPECIAL MENTION OF THE GUEST OF THE JURY: Ilaria Gradassi with the story entitled True heroines always have defects. Reason: "The writing is splendid and the diary idea is original. A tale that is both Austenian and modern, enchanting and profound ". This story is also expected to be published in issue 13 of the JASIT Due Pollici D’Avorio magazine (scheduled for October 2021). The variety of the stories was so rich that we ch ose to make them available for public reading by collecting them in a PDF, which you can read freely at this link: AWe renew our warmest congratulations to the four authors, our sincere thanks to all the participants as well as to our welcome guest Nadia Terranova, and we invite readers to read the stories not only in the PDF collection but also in the issue of Due Pollici D'Avorio - TWO INCHES OF IVORY - next October. And it doesn't stop there ... there is also the non-fiction contest! To find out more about the JASIT magazine, we invite you to consult the page dedicated to Two Inches of Ivory To request back issues of Due Pollici D’Avorio, write to firstname.lastname@example.org