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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, January 31, 2010

The Secret Goldfish

A lot on my mind lately. Good things, mostly, which keep me busy. It's good to have deadlines to work towards, and I've done some writing, editing and sending off this weekend.
Now I'm going to relax a little, before starting to worry about my next big deadline for what I think could be my biggest challenge yet.
Sorry I'm being a little secretive here, but I'll let you know more when I have more details myself.
I realised a couple of days ago that I have a used bilingual Russian-English copy of "Catcher in the Rye" bought at a book stall a few years ago. (Moscow Progress Publishers 1979)

"... He wrote this terrific book of short stories The Secret Goldfish, in case you never heard of him. The best one in it was "The Secret Goldfish." It was about this little kid that wouldn't let anybody look at his goldfish because he'd bought it with his own money. It killed me..."

From The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cheque Republic

You think I can't spell?
Actually, spelling has always been one of my strong points.
Well, here is my story Cheque Republic, inspired by a visit to --yes, Czech Republic.
Up in LITnIMAGE, with other great writing by Eric Beeny, David Erlewine, Greg Gerke, Tom Mahony, Glenn Vanstrum, Jared Ward and Kate Wyer.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Happy New Writing

I've been on holiday. Or more truthfully, I've been a bit lazy.
It's already the 10th of January, and it's time to think about new writing. But before I do that, here is my lovely, lucky story for 2010: Elephant in the City. It was written in 2009 but only recently published at Curly Red Stories.