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Presented by the Greek Festival of Sydney and UTS Journalism and Writing

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The 39th Greek Festival of Sydney is devoting a day to presentations of recently-published books in English by Greek-Australian writers. Although very different in style and content, all the books are united by common themes of migration, displacement and identity.

NINA ANGELO | DON’T CRY, DANCE

“My mother, a Polish Ashkenazy Jewish girl, and my father, a Greek Sephardic Jewish man, would never have met if they hadn’t both experienced the attempted extermination of their race at Auschwitz and Mauthausen. [...] They knew and taught me that we cannot move on without forgiveness.” Nina will discuss her memoir Don’t Cry, Dance (2019) with Dr Alfred Vincent.

KATERINA COSGROVE | ZORBA THE BUDDHA

Katerina has co-owned bookshop-cafes, worked in journalism and taught writing at UTS. She has published two novels, The Glass Heart and Bone Ash Sky, as well as short stories and novellas, of which the latest is Zorba the Buddha.

KORALY DIMITRIADIS | DIVIDED ISLAND

Koraly is a Cypriot-Australian poet, writer, actor and performer. She is the author of two books: Love and F**k poems, which has been translated into Greek, and Give me the Pills. She is now working on a novel called Divided Island.

PETER PAPATHANASIOU | THE STONING

Peter’s first book, the memoir Little One (2019), is being adapted as a TV drama series. His debut crime novel, a work of outback noir titled The Stoning, introduces a Greek-Australian detective and is being published in October by Transit Lounge. Peter will talk crime with Australia's top crime writer Chris Hammer.

ANDREW PIPPOS | LUCKY’S

Andrew Pippos is a lecturer in creative writing at UTS. A former journalist, his essays and short stories have appeared in many publications. His novel Lucky's celebrates Greek café culture from the 30s to the present day in a multigenerational family saga with love at its heart.

CASSI PLATE | MONSTER AND COLOSSUS

Costas Taktsis wrote his famous novel The Third Wedding largely in Australia, and dedicated it to his friends, artists Carl and Jocelyn Plate. Monster and Colossus is a narrative based on letters between Taktsis and his Australian friends. Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Cassi Plate, and guests will examine the nexus between writing and painting in the era of post-war modernity and cosmopolitanism.

PETER PRINEAS | WILD COLONIAL GREEKS

Peter’s early writing, Colo Wilderness (1978), and Wild places (1983), promoted wilderness conservation. His later works, Katsehamos and the Great Idea (2006), Britain’s Greek Islands (2012), and Wild Colonial Greeks (2020), explore the interface of Greek, Australian and British history and culture.

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION MAGAZINE LAUNCH

In Children of the Revolution, edited by Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos, Greek-Australian artists, photographers, writers, poets and academics re-imagine and re-interpret ideas of revolution. This the latest in O Kosmos newspaper’s Insight series. The first publication in the series was the winner of the 2020 NSW Premier's Multicultural Media Award.

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