Welcome. My name is Valeria Vescina. I’m an author, reviewer and creative-writing tutor, as well as the literary curator of a long-running festival of music and words. I’m from Puglia (Italy), was educated in Switzerland and the UK and have lived for years in London. After a successful career in management, I gained an MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
My first novel, That Summer in Puglia (Eyewear Publishing), had its debut at the FTWeekend Oxford Literary Festival 2018; it’s now in its third print-run. I’m currently writing my second book, Behind the Veil, a tale inspired by real-life events in sixteenth-century Southern Italy. My short story Pianissimo appears on the Royal Philharmonic Society’s website; The Bonfire was the runner-up in a Cazart flash fiction competition; Accidental Musicians featured at The Vortex’s ‘Words & Jazz’.
I believe the arts and humanities are central to the well-being of every individual and society, so I’m a board trustee and the Director of the literary programme of the Hampstead Arts Festival (‘HAF’), I’ve been involved with the literary charity First Story since 2013, and taught creative writing workshops on the narrative potential of various art forms (from visual arts to music) for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, St Paul’s Girls’ School, NAWE (the National Association of Writers in Education) and Middlesex University. I speak four languages and review fiction for the European Literature Network, as well as opera and Lieder for Seen And Heard International. I’m an arts & culture contributor to the School of Advanced Study‘s Talking Humanities.
I also have a Bachelor degree in International Studies from the University of Birmingham and a Sloan Master in Management degree from London Business School. I worked for many years at senior level in Strategy and Organisational Behaviour functions. Born to an art dealer and an art historian, history and the arts have been a constant, essential presence in my life. I trained in bel canto for too long to admit, so don’t be too astonished if I dream of one day writing an opera libretto. In the meantime, links to my opera reviews can be found among the ones on this page.
Photo of the author: © Julia Warszewski. All rights reserved.
Photos on Hampstead Arts Festival poster: © Robert Wilson, © Ruth Crafer, © Sarah Lee and © Sheila Burnett.
Photos from Hampstead Arts Festival events: © the author.