`Anne Pia is a fresh voice among contemporary Scottish poets. The European context in which her imagination works, with poems responding to the work of Baudelaire, for instance, is taken as a given: Scotland and the community of European nations are mediated and represented in her poems with subtle understanding, sympathy and constructive insight, political realities that give "nurture" to "fledglings preparing to fly".' -- ALAN RIACH
Through the poet's `small and continuing dialogues', Transitory explores the ongoing state of change that we all inhabit. These intimate, elegant poems expose the impact of ourselves on the world, and the world on ourselves, touching on issues of identity, belonging and otherness with honesty and tenderness.
From the Saltire Award shortlisted author of Language of My Choosing.
ANNE PIA is a fluent speaker of French and Italian as well as her native Laziale dialect. She has a keen interest in Italian medieval art and writing and in French poetry and song. Towards the end of a long and successful career in education... a career which she found continually inspiring, Anne undertook a part-time Doctorate at Edinburgh University and graduated in 2008 at the age of 58. Having spent much of her career in the area of adult education and witnessed, at first hand, fundamental change in the lives and aspirations of people returning to learning, Anne's research centred on identity and self-making; and the extent to which both different contexts and choice play a significant role in who we choose to be or how we present to the world. In 2012, she became a Buddhist, and the concepts of fluidity and impermanence she found, fitted both her professional and her own life experience of finding a pathway, the footholds uncertain and transitory though they often are. Anne returned to writing poetry in 2011 and has been published online and in a number of poetry journals. Her memoir Language of My Choosing was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award in 2017.