Young writers’ torment at Scuola Holden and a poetic surprise at tomorrow’s workshop on diversity management in literature in Turin. “I admit that this with poetry goes to my head,” he writes ironically on Instagram Mohamed Amine Bour, the artist name Asterio, who tomorrow Friday, June 17, attends the meeting on the new generations of Italian literature. His biography is as synthetic as it is poetic. “I was born as a hybrid between the Atlas valleys and the dunes of the Sahel ». In his verses he mixes mother tongue and adoptive language.
A few years ago, I chose to call myself Asterio, referring to the rewriting of the myth of Minotaurus that Borges is making about him in Aleph. I chose a Greek myth because my training continued here after my childhood: I sing courtly love, love at a distance, Beatrice, Laura, Silvia and Cinzia. I am writing this for those who are wondering if what we are doing is migration or migrant literature or literature. For nothing I answer. We are its continuation and we are its innovation
Young writers’ torment at Scuola Holden
I start from Asterium to anticipate other details of our meeting dedicated to the complexity of the literature written by women with a migration background who will be the opportunity to understand how multifaceted the narrative of those with double and multiple roots is. Last week I told you about Sabrina Efionayi. Today I want to tell you about the other writers, writers and winners of the Lingua Madre literary competition with whom we have built this Turin scene (along with Nili, the Italian network of leaders for inclusion) of the project on Diversity management, organized with the support of the US Consulate General in Milan. Natalia Maraffini, for example. Her father always told her she was Italian, but she felt a strange feeling that she could not define, and decided to go and dig into her origins. From this journey backwards, history was born The secret strangerwinner of the Mother Language Literary Competition in the 2021 edition. Author, youtuber and high school teacher, the Italian-Argentine author has a careful look at the world of youth in its thousand forms of identity research. Attention extending to the youth universe in general, eternally hovering between boundaries and fragility. These are the main themes he deals with in his book Off-linereleased in late 2020, and in the podcast A thousand years of confessions.
Yeniffer Lilibell Aliaga ChávezItalian-Peruvian author and illustrator of children’s stories, won the Mother Tongue Competition in 2020 with the story A thousand and one moons
From elementary school to middle school and even high school, I tried to avoid talking about myself, to hide behind a carefully constructed mask that reflected the image of an ordinary Italian girl in the mirror. The first step in hiding my origin was to change my name. Lilibell was special, because different, people noticed it right away and asked me what it meant and where I came from. In middle school, I started introducing myself to people with my first name, Jennifer, who have never been used before. This little trick was successful, people stopped asking me questions and started seeing me as a local girl. I also stopped asking questions for a long time until it became impossible to ignore them.
Rajae El Jamaoui born in Kelâat Es-Sraghna, Morocco, she moved to Turin in 1993. With Waiting for spring won the Torino Film Festival Special Award of the 16th edition of the Lingua Madre National Literary Competition in 2021 with a story that (according to the jury) best represents the potential cinematic transposition of a prose dedicated to the pandemic’s suspended time.
Lala Huprofessor and marketing researcher at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, author in 2020 for his first fiction book, Tea seeds (People) won the second prize last year with the short story In Search of a Heimat, where he writes about the parallelism between the distancing created by the pandemic and the shaking of one’s roots.
Tomorrow Friday d. 17, a date that can only be a good omen, we will talk not only about their stories, but about the plagues, complexity and creativity of the young writers at Scuola Holden. In the afternoon workshop, coordinated by Anass Hanafi, the themes that arise from the literature and fall on our increasingly diverse existence will be addressed. Sign up for the email from our association email@example.com. We are waiting for you!