Conversation with Wole Soyinka curated by Luciano Minerva
with the participation of Tara June Winch


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The first event of the festival is a conversation with Wole Soyinka. Luciano Minerva will host the meeting and will lead us into the multifaceted cultural universe of the protagonist of this edition of Dedica, touching themes such as his way of perceiving poetry and writing, his passion for theatre, his civil commitment. Other important elaborations can be found in the monograph that has always accompanied the festival, which this year was edited by Alessandra Di Maio. The publication proposes an interview with the author, critical reviews by Armando Pajalich, Tiziana Morosetti and Claudio Gorlier as well as an unpublished work, “Absolutes and cultural relativisms – dignity and sacredness of human life”, that the author kindly granted to Dedica.


Luciano Minerva
is a journalist, author of essays and books about sport and television. He has worked for over twenty years for Rai (national broadcasting company), favouring interviews, at first in the field of sport, later in literature. From 2000 to 2008, he interviewed over 150 writers from all over the world (his interviews, in writing and in video, can be found on He made, together with Paolo Aleotti, a un documentary film for Rai on Tiziano Terzani’s life, Tutti i colori di una vita (All the colours of a life). His first novel, soon to be published, is: Parola di Paul. Vite, storie e pensieri di un polpo preveggente (Paul’s word. Lives, stories and thoughts of foresighted octopus).


Tara June Winch
Australian, she started her writing career at the age of 17. When she was twenty, she published the novel Swallow the Air, in which she describes the tragedy of belonging to the aboriginal ethnic group, as it was perceived by a brother and sister. She was chosen by Wole Soyinka as a student for the “Mentor and Protégé” initiative, sponsored by Rolex: an extremely important formative experience. In her writing, Tara June Winch continues to find inspiration in her own aboriginal identity to “give voice to a people forced to silence for too long”.

Saturday 10 March, 16:30

Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi

Pordenone - Viale Franco Martelli, 2

Free admission