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Award-winning poet and short story writer from Cyprus. Published three collections of poetry: The Voice at the Top of the Stairs (2001), Cleft in Twain (2003) and 25 Ways to Kiss a Man (2004). Cleft in Twain was cited by The Guardian in an article on the literature of the new European Union member states in 2004. My work has won prizes and commendations in various international competitions: among others, in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition (Ireland) and the Binnacle International Ultra-Short Competition at the University of Maine at Machias, USA. In addition to a book of short stories, Ledra Street (2006), I have had work published online and in journals internationally. My work was included in Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press) and in the poetry anthology Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). Girl, Wolf, Bones – a new book of fairy tale inspired microfiction – was published in 2011.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ending The Week On A High: BLUE PEAR

I just found out that my story "Blue Pear" is being featured in "Best Of Metazen"... I'm thrilled that Frank Hinton, editor of Metazen, thought it worthy of this honour. I really like Metazen. It's well-presented, quite innovative and that little bit "different" to other e-zines I've appeared in. Thank you, Frank!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Highs and Lows

It has been a strange couple of days - my morale has hit an all time low due to an unexpected "something" of a personal nature. I'm still wondering how it could have happened. And why. Reality certainly can be stranger than fiction.
When something like this happens, I always think "It can't get any worse, so it must get better."
And it did.
The wonderful and talented Tania Hershman is featuring me as a guest writer on her excellent and highly informative blog. You can read it here http://titaniawrites.blogspot.com/2009/11/writing-and-place-guest-blog-post-4-by.html

Another high today. Folded Word and its wonderful editor Jessi Graustein run a monthly feature on the blog called "TEN with..." It's a Question/Answer article that features a recent contributor. And I'm being asked the ten questions this month! I am thrilled about that. Thank you Jessi!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Divided We Write

30 November 2009, Lecture, Goethe-Zentrum Nicosia, 20.00 h

"Divided we write. German and Cypriot authors on their divided homelands"

Lecturer: Dr Holger Briel, Associate Professor, University of Nicosia

In 2008, Uwe Tellkamp took the German bestseller lists by storm with his 1000-page text "Der Turm" in which he describes the turmoil of intellectuals living in the former German Democratic Republic. Nora Nadjarian's texts, especially her very well received "Ledra Street" (2006) are poetically charting the results of living in another divided country, Cyprus.

Why Betty Boop?

Why Betty Boop? Because when I was a kid I was told by almost everyone who met me that I had BIG eyes. I still have big eyes.

Saturday, November 14, 2009