David Subacchi was born in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion in 1955 into a family representing two separate periods of Italian immigration to Wales. His mother’s father Giuseppe (Joe) Chiappa came to Aberystwyth in 1913 as a fifteen year old from the North of Italy quickly learning both Welsh and English. His father Mario Subacchi in later life a gifted and well known woodcarver arrived in the same town in 1947 following military service in Africa in both the Italian and British armies. It was the death of David’s father in 2011 that inspired him to begin writing poetry seriously. David’s obituaries for his father appeared in The Guardian, The Independent and The Catholic Herald as well as various Welsh Language publications such as Golwg and Y Cymro. David attended Ardwyn Grammar School, Aberystwyth and read Law at the University of Liverpool before commencing a civil service career of almost 40 years ending with ten years as a Director and Senior Civil Servant and with responsibilities covering most of the UK. Retirement from his ‘day job’ in 2014 provided the boost to increase his already prodigious output of poetry mainly in English but increasingly in Welsh also. David quotes his main poetic influences as Wales, Italy and Liverpool, the city he says he fell in love with and has maintained a love affair with to this day. Many of his poems tell the story of his Italian roots through the violence and struggles of warfare and the immigrant life in a new country. Others are dominated by his upbringing and experiences in the seaside town of Aberystwyth in the 1960s and his constant revisiting of the town in search of the inspiration that it continues to provide. In the same way the history of Liverpool is told including its politics, sporting heroes and seafaring background. David has lived in Wrexham in North Wales since 1989 close to Liverpool and the English border. This proximity of a tough no-nonsense Welsh town to England and English influences is another provider of inspiration and features frequently in the themes of his poetry. David is a member of Wrexham’s Voicebox Poetry Group, Viva Voce Wrexham, Cross Border Poets, Liverpool’s Dead Good Poets, A Lovely Word (Everyman Theatre), Liver Bards, North West Poets, Wirral River Bards, Whitchurch Writers and Chester Poets. He is active with the Theatre Wales network and local community arts networks in Wales. He performs his poetry frequently at live spoken word events and he has appeared twice in his home town at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. In a very short time David has built up an excellent reputation for the high quality of his reading and performance as well as his poetry. He has five published poetry collections in English: ‘First Cut’ (2012) ‘Hiding in Shadows’ (2014), 'Not Really a Stranger' (2016) and 'Where is Wales?' (2019) are published by Cestrian Press. 'A Terrible Beauty - 17 Sonnets for Easter 1916' (2016) is published by DCS Books. David’s poetry has also been published in numerous on line and hard copy poetry magazines internationally. He has contributed to several anthologies. On 1 March 2017 Gwasg Caer (Cestrian Press) published David's first collection of poems in the Welsh Language 'Eglwys Yng Nghremona' (A Church in Cremona). To date his poetry in Welsh has also appeared in Yr Angor (Aberystwyth), Nene (Rhosllanerchrugog), Y Clawdd (Wrecsam), Barddoniaeth Saith Seren (Wrecsam) and Newyddion Cymuned Offa (Wrecsam). He is a member of the Welsh Language Literary Society 'Cymdeithas Owain Cyfeiliog' and is the current holder of the Ceredigion Museum Poetry Prize. Selected Publications: First Cut, Poetry Collection by David Subacchi (Cestrian Press, 2012) Hiding in Shadows, Poetry Collection by David Subacchi (Cestrian Press, 2014) Not Really a Stranger, Poetry Collection by David Subacchi (Cestrian Press, 2016). A Terrible Beauty, 17 Sonnets for Easter 1916, Poetry Collection by David Subacchi (DCS Books 2016). Eglwys Yng Nghremona (A Church in Cremona), poems in the Welsh Language by David Subacchi (Gwasg Caer - Cestrian Press 2017). Where is Wales? Poetry Collection by David Subacchi (Cestrian Press, 2019). Contributed to: Spaces: Anthology from Chester Poets (Cestrian Press, 2012) The Bards: 2012 Anthology (The Bards, Editors S Regan and D Costello) Cats: Anthology from Chester Poets (Cestrian Pres, 2013) Life Begins: Anthology from Chester Poets (Cestrian Press, 2014) Make Time for Aberystwyth: MA Anthology (Aberystwyth University, 2014) Last Bench: Anthology (Antivirus Production Editor Tanvir Ratul, 2014) New Era: Anthology (Voicebox, Wrexham 2014). Live from Worktown: Anthology from Bolton Poets (2014) Lark Skies A Celebration of WW1 Poets: (Cestrian Press,2015) The Poetry of Staffordshire: Anthology (Offa's Press, 2015 - Editors Emma Purshouse and Simon Fletcher). Objects in the Rear View Mirror: Anthology (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2015 - Editors A J Huffman and April Salzano). Inspired by Gandhi: Anthology (Sampad, Birmingham, 2015, Editors Anne Cockitt and Geoff Barnbrook). Live from Worktown: Anthology from Bolton Poets (2015). Wordland 6. Black is the new Black: Anthology (Exaggerated Press UK, 2015 Editor Terry Grimwood). Barddoniaeth Saith Seren / 7 Stars of Poetry: Anthology (Saith Seren - Wrecsam 2015, Editors Bob Gaffey and Ifon Jones). Counterpoints: Anthology from the R S Thomas Competition 2015 (Barry A Thomas - Editor Joy Neal). Sunlight Poems: Anthology from Chester Poets (Cestrian Press 2016). Unheard: Anthology from Chester Poets (Cestrian Press 2016). A Grain of Sand - MA Anthology (Aberystwyth University 2016). Last Bench: Anthology (Antivirus Production Editor Tanvir Ratul, October 2017) Angels in the Hedgerow: Anthology from Chester Poets (Cestrian Press 2017). Responses: Anthology from the R S Thomas Competition 2017 (Barry A Thomas - Editor Anita Major). Out Of The Ark: Anthology from Chester Poets (Cestrian Press 2018). Last Bench: Literary Magazine (Antivirus Production Editor Tanvir Ratul, June 2018) The Quality of Mersey Anthology (Barry Woods - 2018) Live from Worktown: Anthology from Bolton Poets (2018). Fragile Tings: Anthology from Chester Poets (Cestrian Press 2019). Other published credits include: United Kingdom Amble, The Merseysider, Aberystwyth Ego Magazine, Ink Sweat & Tears, Allegro Magazine, Poetry Scotland Open Mouse, Poetry Cornwall, Creative Connections, Methodist Modern Art Collection Newsletter, Bunbury Magazine, Writers for Calais Refugees, Exaggerated Press, North End Writers, Poetic Feet, Preech Poetry, Prole Magazine, Ceredigion Museum, Grosvenor Museum, Poetry 24, Country & Border Life, Oranges & Lemons (London), The Fringe Poetry White Book, Planet Slop Fiction, The Stares Nest, Bolts of Silk, Wrexham Write Now, Yr Angor, Nene, Y Clawdd, The Scottish Mental Health Art and Film Festival International Writers Competition 2015 (Finalist), The Blue Nib Literary Magazine, Celebrating Change and Confluence Magazine. USA Anti Heroin Chic, Indiana Voice Journal, McNeese Review, The Horror Zine, Right Hand Pointing, A Kind of Hurricane Press, Grey Wolfe Publishing, Dead Snakes, Camel Saloon, Mad Swirl, Leaves of Ink, Pyrokinection, Jellyfish Whispers, Crab Fat Magazine, New Verse News, Shot Glass Journal, Inner Sins, Plum Tree Tavern, L’Allure Des Mots, Synchronised Chaos , Napalm and Novocain, Damfino Press, The Ghazal Page, Silkworm, Wild Cherry and Texans with Disabilities Pen 2 Paper Competition 2015 (Finalist), Unrequited Love Anthology 2016, Tuck Magazine, Corvus Review, Silver Birch Press - Learning to Drive Anthology, Compass Magazine, Litbreak Magazine, Unrequited Love Anthology, Draw Near, Yellow Chair Review, Lost Sparrow Press, Highland Park Poetry, Ohio, Three Line Poetry, The Nassau Review, Thema, Treehouse Arts Magazine, River Poets Journal, Scryptic Magazine, Brave New World, Poets In Love Golden Shovel Poem Competition 2018 (International Poet Category Winner), Ariel Chart Literary Magazine (Nominated July 2018 for Best of The Net Award), Patchwork Magazine, Minnie's Diary and Light Journal. Australia Ancient Heart Vagabond Press Bangladesh Bonsai Journal Canada Lantern Magazine Scarlet Leaf Magazine Asses of Parnassus Poetry Pacific Holland Amsterdam Quarterly India Frangipani Press Italy Valceno Web Japan Vagabond Press Malta Malta Independent Zambia New Ink Review
GIOVANNI He used to push the ice cream truck through town ageing legs straining with the effort head bowed, seldom speaking, his English wasn’t perfect Selling cornets on the seafront skin tanned the colour of leather by reflected sunlight “two pints a day” my father said, “like clockwork, he’s nearly eighty, his English isn’t perfect” Old Giovanni, not an object of pity but an inspiration to us all, a survivor, defying time, carrying on regardless and enjoying his beer who cares if his English wasn’t perfect? (c) David Subacchi
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