How do you choose your nationality?
This is a question that Anne Pia often asked herself whilst growing up in Edinburgh. Born to Scottish-Italian parents, she was sent to Catholic School in contrast with her Scots-Italian cousins and spent her days helping out in the family cafe in Edinburgh. Tackling themes such as growing up, romantic love and motherhood, Pia's memoir traces her journey as she discovers her place in the world.
Studying in France, Pia tries to come to terms with her unconventional family and the two nationalities she bridges. A truly honest book that delves into hard-hitting issues without veering into the sentimental, Pia's memoir will strike a chord with readers of any nationality.
Anne Pia is based in Edinburgh. The grandchild of Italian immigrants in Scotland, she was born in Edinburgh but raised surrounded by the food, traditions and dialect of southern Italy. Her Italian grandmother was a major influence in her life. Anne has passed on her grandmother's sense of style, love of food and wise views of life to her three daughters: Camilla aged 36, Roberta aged 31 and Sophie-Louise aged 28. She has a long experience of writing for different audiences. A language graduate and former teacher with a recent Doctorate in Education (2008), she has been published many times in professional and academic journals, the Times Educational Supplement and the Scottish Educational Review. As a government official and HM Inspector, she has been responsible for national reports for a range of stakeholders on education in the adult learning world. Since retiring from education, her poetry has been published in Northwords Now, Poetry Scotland, New Voices Press, Lunar Poetry, The Fat Damsel and several times in London's South Bank Poetry Magazine. Her work has also been published online in Far Off Places, Poet and Geek and Ink, Sweat & Tears. Her poem `Viticuso 1913 and 2005' has been translated into Italian. She also plays the mandolin and is an active participant in musical activities throughout Scotland as a member of the Edinburgh Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra and The Poetics a small group who have played music at a number of poetry festivals around Scotland.
Acknowledgements Author's Note Openings A Complicated Relationship with Milk Backlights - Backdrop to my Life Where it All Started: Viticuso, Frosinone, Italy The Night Neighbours Became the Enemy The Sinking of the Arandora Star Highlights - Early Influences A Contentious Marriage The Power of an Italian Grandmother A Family and Community in Transition An Appraisal and Matters of Choice Walking with and Losing Grandma Terra Straniera: An Education Spotlights Glorious France: A Study in Self-Making A Reluctant Homecoming The Copper Kettle Chronicles On the Matter of Rooting Good Times with My Mother Religion and Sexuality The Loss of My Mother The Oak Tree The Mammissima Footlights Concluding Thoughts Viticusar The Language of Viticuso and Thereabouts Timeline