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Giada Pesce


First Language(s): Italian
Second Language(s): English


Writing poetry since the age of 11, Giada Pesce is an Italian writer based in Hamburg, Germany. She studied Visual Arts and worked in writing, video, and sound.

Concerning writing, she hosted a series of poetry performances “The Dip of Salt into Water” in Hamburg (2019/2020) and collaborated with sound poetry with the Dark Window Press art magazine Patricide (2011/2012).


What was your favorite book as a child?

I had two favorite books as a child: Pinocchio and The Secret Garden. I think I loved the feeling of discovery that is present in both of the books. In fact, now that I mention this, I think that in this sense they have some similarities. Both the books’ main characters have difficult personalities that change throughout the story, and they become less stingy and more open to life and love.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I never thought about this. I guess writing has always been for me a very natural way to express my thoughts and feelings, as I’m not so good at communicating them from speaking, and I can easily close up. That said, I always loved reading and I always appreciated different forms of writing styles. I find it great how the way language is used can give me goosebumps or keep me excited.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

Running away from our holiday home in the mountains when I was 8. I had no reason for doing it, I guess I thought I would find myself looking for a treasure like in the film The Goonies. I didn’t find a treasure and it only lasted a few hours, but it was exciting to be alone in the woods with all the insects and animal sounds.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I never listen to music while I am reading, and that’s because I wouldn’t be able to lose myself in a book if I listened to music at the same time. But music can be a great source of inspiration for writing. If a melody or a sound hits the right emotion at the right time, words come out very quickly, like they had been there all the time without me knowing.


Issue Fall '22

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Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
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