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Antipodes Writers Festival

Readings are thrilled to be the booksellers at the inaugural Antipodes Writers Festival to be held at the Wheeler Centre. We look forward to supporting and celebrating over fifty established and emerging writers within the Greek community at this exciting literary event.

The festival kicks off on Friday 15 June with award-winning author Christos Tsiolkas in conversation with professor of cultural studies at the University of Melbourne Nikos Papastergiadis, where they’ll be exploring Writing, Multiculturalism and Cosmopolitanism.

The Festival, convened by Melbourne writers and academics Helen Nickas and Konstandina Dounis, presents one solid weekend of back-to-back sessions by some of Melbourne’s favourite writers within the Greek and wider community, with a sprinkling of interstate guests.

The program of fifteen sessions will be covered by over fifty writers from different generations, and is guaranteed to appeal to a diverse audience. Prominent names include: writer and academic Vrasidas Karalis (Recollections of Mr Manoly Lascaris, A History of Greek Cinema); journalist and writer Angela Pippos (The Goddess Advantage); novelists Dmetri Kakmi (Mother Land) and John Charalambous (Two Greeks); poets Angela Costi, Tom Petsinis, and Tina Giannoukos; actor and playwright Victoria Haralabidou (Blessed, Brides); senior journalist with The Australian and author, George Megalogenis (The Australian Moment), and many more.

Special events will include; a special tribute to one of Australia’s best-loved storytellers, Arnold Zable (Sea of Many Returns, Café Scheherazade, The Fig Tree) for his memorable portrayals of aspects of Hellenism in his novels, and a concluding event showcasing writers Dina Amanatides, Nikos Nomikos and Antigone Kefala who have portrayed the immigrant experience in all its rich and diverse manifestations.

More information and bookings here.