Thursday, December 31, 2009

Svend Åge Madsen

Svend Åge Madsen has published the collection of short stories "Manden der opdagede at han ikke eksisterede" (The man who discovered that he did not exist). It includes "Ismenes Tragedie", on which the author worked in Ascea. Published by Gyldendal. See

Leif Landen

Leif Landen has published a comprehensive, illustrated biography of Carl Michael Bellman, Sweden's national poet. Carlsson Bokforlag. See

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Anders Johansen

Anders Johansen's latest book "Stjerneskælv", published by Modtryk. See

Jo Møller

Jo Møller shows selected works, including new works from his stay in Ascea, at Hvidovre Hovedbibliotek from December 16, 2009, until January 16, 2010. See and

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tine Andersen

Tine Andersen has published the book, Vinkler på voksenvejledning, co-authored with Vibeke Jørgensen, Hanne Nielsen and Lis Schimming, published by Dansk Psykologisk Forlag. Tine Andersen spent time in Ascea working on the book.

Thomas Oldrup

Thomas Oldrup's latest book, Caritas' hemmelighed: På jagt gennem historien, published by Phabel, partly written during a stay in Ascea. See

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tre Pittrici Americane ad Ascea

Carole D'Inverno, Debbi Lester and Tia Matthies exhibited their work from a month-long stay in Ascea at the Biblioteca Municipale in Ascea, November 29. The three artists are here seen with the Mayor of Ascea. See and

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Leila Rasheed

Leila Rasheed's latest book Doughnuts, Dreams and Drama Queens: The Theatrical Third Diary of Bathsheba Clarice de Trop, published by Usborne Publishing. Available from

Friday, November 20, 2009

Kirsten Juvik

Kirsten Juvik is exhibiting 12 paintings at the gallery Copenhart in Copenhagen, Denmark. Opening is November 29.

René Mogensen

René Mogensen has released the DVD, All Numbers Language, for cello with interactive computer music and video, performed by cellist Nicolas Deletaille.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Don Clark

Don Clark has published a book with photographs from his stay in Ascea and travels in Italy. The entire book can be viewed online at

Friday, October 30, 2009

Marietta Leis

An a second exhibition:

Marietta Leis' "Wellspring 1" and "Wellspring 4" will be shown in the exhibition, "Women in Art," curated by Carol Brode, Director of the Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill University, Greenburg, PA. These are archival ink prints on paper printed are from cyanotypes done of Portuguese flora. The exhibit will run November 1-22.

Tom David

Tom David won Best of Show this fall in the Chicago show "What's the Big Idea" with his painting "The Big Idea Man" and one of the paintings, "Paestum", from his Cilento series was also accepted into the show.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Music and poetry II

On August 7th we held a soirée to celebrate the publication of Leila's new book Doughnuts, Dreams and Drama Queens: The Theatrical Third Diary og Bathsheba Clarice de Trop (Usborne) and the release of René's new DVD, All Numbers Language (Contreclisse). The Danish pianist Morten Schantz and René played jazz tunes. Morten stayed at Wassard Elea for the third time this year to write music for a new CD. Salvatore Carbone and Else read some of their own poetry, and actor Mirko Ferro recited a fascinating monologue by Harold Pinter

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Orchid season in the Cilento

On May 20, we organized a trip to the Valley of the Orchids in the Alburni mountains, where numerous varities of wild orchids are in bloom for 1 to 2 weeks in the middle of May. Photos are by Inger Landen, Sweden.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Passion Play

On Good Friday, April 10th, the young people of Ascea staged the passion play (La Via Crucis) as they do every year. Part of the play was performed in the Church of San Nicola di Bari, another part on La Chiazzetta, the small piazza near the church, and the crucification took place on the hill by the Church of San Antonio di Padova.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Music and poetry

At an enjoyable and relaxed soirée at the home of Lars and Else Aagaard-Mogensen on February 22, Stefania De Santi played Beethoven's Sonata op. 53, 1st movement and pieces by Chopin for pianoforte. René Mogensen played Allemande from the Second Suite for violoncello by Bach and Syrinx by Debussy, both transcribed for tenor saxophone, What Delay for saxophone and electronics by René Mogensen as well as some standard jazz pieces for solo saxophone. Salvatore Carbone and Else Mogensen read some of their own poems in the Italian language.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Tuesday was Carnival in Ascea. Traditionally, the floats have allegorical or political themes, and this year the 'Alitalia Circus' was popular. Having seen the floats looking barely ready only a few days before, we were impressed at how quickly they had been turned into a colourful parade.

And this evening, we had the excitement of a lunar eclipse!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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