Friday, 7 December 2012

Cypriot Identities in Literature

The European Commission, in association with Imperial College London, presents a panel discussion with title Cypriot Identities in Literature: At a Crossroads between East and West.

"Is Cypriot identity an elusive entity or is it the result of a multicultural, multifaceted integration? Is it perceived differently by Cypriots living in Cyprus, in the UK or in other parts of Europe? What is common ground to first and second generation immigrants?

The panel will address these questions and discuss to what extent literature has been a means of forging and expressing identity for Cypriots living in Cyprus or abroad."


Welcome address:
Dr Angeliki Petrits, Language Officer, European Commission

Chair:
Prof. Roderick Beaton, Director, Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London

Participants:
Mr Yashar Ismailoglu
Born in Cyprus in 1945, he moved to London in 1972 and was involved in the creation of a sustainable Cypriot community. He has published 28 books, 8 of which are poetry.
Dr Niki Katsaouni
Poet, novelist and lyricist; a prize winner by the Ministry of Education in Cyprus and appears in Anthologies in France, Germany, Greece, Romania, Cyprus. Her poem 'Ammochostos' put to music by Michael Christodoulides, has been sung by George Dalaras all over the world.
Dr Christy Lefteri, novelist
Her novel A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible tells the story of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 from the viewpoints of three characters: a Greek, a Turk and a Briton.
Mr Christodoulos Makris, poet
Based in Dublin, represented Cyprus in the Poetry Parnassus Festival in July 2012 in London. He is the author of the collection Spitting Out the Mother Tongue.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
6:00-9:00 pm

This event is free to the public, but booking is essential. Please contact: joanna.zywotko@ext.ec.europa.eu

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