GREEK WRITERS FESTIVAL

The Greek Community of Melbourne was proud to present the Greek Writers Festival which made its debut at the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture on Friday 31 May 2019.

The Festival was officially opened by Boon Wurrung Traditional Land Owner, Gheran Steel.

Hosted by Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor Modern Greek Chair at the University of Sydney the first panel featured writers Maria Katsonis and Dmetri Kakmi discussing Growing Up Greek and Rebellious.

Greek Writers Festival ran for five big days from 31 May to 8 June with an impressive line-up of over 50 writers and 30 events. These include panels, readings, performances and workshops that challenged and entertained audiences with the aim of fostering a broader cultural, political and literary dialogue.

In 2019, the theme of the festival was DIASPORIC DIALOGUES highlighting the intention that writers and performers from different diasporas and communities in Australia have so much to share and learn from each other; as well as to encourage and nurture cultural and artistic relationships. The programme showcased Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, African, Middle Eastern, Jewish and Australian First Nations writers and performers as well as those who identify as queer.

For those who attended, it was an invaluable opportunity to listen to writers views on various issues concerning contemporary writing and arts in Australia’s multicultural society.

2019 Greek Writers Festival
Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founder and director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement
Dina Amanatides (OAM) is the doyenne of “first generation” Greek Australian literature.
Tony Birch is the acclaimed author of Ghost River, Shadowboxing and Blood. He is a frequent contribu
Michelle Cahill is an Australian writer of Indian origin. Her short stories, Letter to Pessoa won th
Lella Cariddi is a writer, researcher, curator, installation artist, and Community Cultural Developm
Effie Carr is a Sydney lawyer and author. Her first book Stamatia X was published to acclaim in 2018
Santo Cazzati is a spoken word artist. The son of Italian immigrants to Australia, he emerged from p
Anna Chatzinikolaou has been teaching Greek at tertiary level (mainly at the University of Melbourne
Dylan is a Kokatha (Gugada) Aboriginal/Greek woman from the far west coast of South Australia. She i
Andrea Demetriou is a poet, music performer, journalist and political activist. She was born in Cypr
Dr Konstandina Dounis is an academic, author and literary translator. She conducted seminars on Gree
John Englezos is a freelance photographer, a spoken word poet and Melbourne’s 2015 Poetry Slam Champ
Dr. Christos Fifis teaches Greek Studies in the School of Historical and European Studies, La Trobe
Gary Edward Foley is an Australian Aboriginal Gumbainggir activist, academic, writer and actor. He i
Tina Giannoukos has published two collections of poetry. Her second collection, Bull Days, was short
Hariklia Heristanidis is a Melbourne-born writer. Her novella and short story collection, All Window
Dmetri Kakmi is a writer and editor. The fictionalised memoir Mother Land was shortlisted for the NS
Dean Kalimniou is a Melbourne-born poet who writes his poetry in the Greek language while also being
Fotis at the Festival: Sat 7 Jun | Gary Foley and Fotis Kapetopoulos in conversation
Vrasidas Karalis is Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor and Chair of Department for Modern Greek at the
Maria Katsonis is the author of The Good Greek Girl. She is also a weight lifter and a mental-health
Personally, Will Kostakis is ready to catch a ball two seconds after it’s hit him in the face. Profe
Alex is a Canadian-Australian writer who has published fiction, poetry, reviews, and essays both onl
George Kouvaros is Professor of Film Studies in the School of the Arts and Media. Located at the int
Hung Le, the world’s first, best and tallest Vietnamese comic guarantees to spin your mind, dazzle y
Bella Li is the author of Argosy, which won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry a
Tes Lyssiotis is a playwright and theatre director. Lyssiotis has worked as a secondary school drama
Kent MacCarter is a writer and editor in Castlemaine, with his wife and son. He’s the author o
George Megalogenis is a journalist, political commentator and author. His books include, The Longest
Stavros Messinis is a multi award-winning journalist, photographer and poet. He studied journalism,
George Mouratidis is a Greek-born poet, translator and researcher. He has taught cultural studies at
Helen Nikas is an academic and the publisher at Owl Publishing, an independent house that publishes
Jim Pavlidis is an artist who has worked for The Age newspaper for over 25 years. He has held 20 sol
Tom Petsinis has published seven collections of poetry, including Four Quarters, which won the Wesle
Hoa Pham is the award-winning author of seven books and a play so far. Her first adult novel Vixen (
П. O.  is a Greek-Australian, working class, anarchist poet. His work ranges from ‘conceptual&
Krishnamurthy Prasad is an Indian-born spoken word artist and performer whose work is based on decon
Benjamin Theolonious Sanders (IQ) Is an expat American poet and former slam champion, educator, publ
Alex Skovron was born in Poland in 1948, lived briefly in Israel, and came to Australia aged nine. H
Thanasis at the Festival: Sat 8 Jun | Book Launch: Tom Petsinis’ Steles / Dimitris Troaditis Λ
Ling Toong’s poems have appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, Dash Literary Journal, the Quarterl
Dimitri Troaditis is working in the Greek-Australian media. He is been extensively pub-lished in Gre
Maria Tumarkin is a writer, reviewer and essayist. She holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches c
Lucy Van writes about poetry and photography. She is a Melbourne Research Fellow at the School of Cu
Chi Vu is an award-winning writer and director whose works span genres such as the postcolonial goth
Ouyang Yu is a Chinese-Australian translator, academic and writer. His books include, New and Select
Sista Zai Zanda is a storyteller, educator and radio producer. She hosts and curates the Pan Afrikan
Nick Tsiavos is a bassist and composer whose work operates at the intersections of a number of cultu
One of Australia’s most adventurous sopranos, Deborah Kayser’s music practices span the