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Anne Pia

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Contact: anneargent@gmail.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English, Scots
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Dr. Anne Pia is a poet, essayist and translator. She writes in English, French, Italian and Scots. Anne has a strong background in the classroom at secondary level and in further education and higher education. She is also an accomplished facilitator and speaker. 


She is a Saltire Award Finalist, a winner of the Crawford Gallery Cork, Flash Fiction Competition and in 2018 was awarded the prestigious Premio Flaiano Italianistica: La Cultura Italiana nel Mondo. She is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and has been on the judging panel for the Scottish National Book Awards (Poetry). She has also reviewed several poetry collections and her poetry and essays have appeared online and UK-wide.


Anne’s work focuses on cultural and sexual identity, and is rooted in her Eurpoean heritage and cultural interests. She has published three books of non-fiction, Language of My Choosing (Luath Press, 2017), with an Italian translation Ho Scelto La Mia Lingua (MnM edizioni, 2018); Keeping Away The Spiders; Essays on Breaching Barriers (2020) and Magnaccioni My Food My Italy (2023) both by Luath Press; and two full poetry collections, Transitory (Luath Press, 2018) and The Sweetness of Demons (Vagabond Voices, 2021), an oversetting of 14 poems by Baudelaire in Les Fleurs du Mal with translations. 


Her poetry pamphlet, Dragons Wear Lipstick (Dreich, 2022) is a tribute to the women in her life who have in big and small ways, detonated hierarchies.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Scottish Borders; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Multilingual event; Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Emigration & immigration; Translation

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

11-30; 31-100; 100-500