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The Edinburgh Gadda Prize

Honorary President: Gianrico Carofiglio

Chair: Federica G. Pedriali

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Edinburgh 2012 Testimonial

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Melinda Tetley

Teacher – Edinburgh, Scotland

As a Secondary School teacher, I encouraged my pupils to enter the Junior Gadda competition because of the cross-cultural links and interesting remit. Many of my pupils find the genre of detective fiction exciting and the stipulation of an Italian setting gave just enough context and structure to inspire.

During the second phase of the competition, my pupils enjoyed seminars at Edinburgh College of Art’s Sculpture Court and Stills Gallery where they were given guidance from experts about how to bring their writing alive using other types of artistic expression such as photography and film. This was a terrific learning experience for the girls allowing them the opportunity to explore other creative mediums. The specialists gathered by Federica were helpful and motivating – they challenged the pupils and stirred their innovative energies. It really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for each pupil to focus on their artistic work and create with the assistance of experts – an occasion they will never forget.

On Saturday night my husband and I had the pleasure to attend the Gadda Awards Ceremony at the Traverse Theatre and it was amazing. Fabrizio Gifuni’s performance in his one-man show Gadda Goes to War was thought-provoking and engaging – the audience sat enthralled hanging on his every word and movement for an hour and a half. His performance was full of energy, emotion and skilful characterisation; we left the theatre marvelling at his talent in bringing the complexities of Gadda’s work alive. This performance also helped to teach the audience a great deal about an influential Modernist writer and the links with modern day Italy were compelling and – at times – hilarious.

Two of my girls hosted Italian winners and made friendships and connections that will last. Overall, this competition has too many benefits to count for the young people lucky enough to get involved with it. We will be entering again in two years’ time!

Melinda Tetley
Secondary Teacher of English
The Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh

 

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