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Launch of the Greek Festival Greek – Australian Writer’s Festival

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The Sydney Greek Festival and UTS Journalism and Writing proudly present the Greek-Australian Writers Festival. A day dedicated to newly published books in English by Greek-Australian writers tomorrow Sunday 12e June at the Prince Henry Centre.

Although very different in style and content, all the books are united by common themes of migration, displacement and identity. During the day, the launch of the digital publication of Children of the Revolution will also be introduced. A publication that presents the ideas of identity and place and what it means to be Greek in the Diaspora.

“This is a unique opportunity for the writers to connect with their readers and find themselves in conversation. And while their work is incredibly different, they have a common inspiration and theme: our Greek heritage,” said the Sydney Greek Festival President, Nia Karteris.

The sessions will last 45 minutes, including questions from the audience. Books will be on sale and authors available for signings.

What: Greek-Australian Writers Festival

Where: Prince Henry Centre, 2 Coastal Road, Little Bay

When: Sunday June 12 10am-5pm

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Book presentations:

10h00-10h45- Peter Prineas | Wild Colonial Greeks

11h00-11h45- Nina Angelo| Don’t cry, dance

12h00-12h45- Children of the Revolution| Launch of the digital publication

1:00-1:45 p.m. – Andrew Pippos | Fortunate

2:00 p.m.- 2:45 p.m. – Cassi plate | Monster and Colossus

3:00-3:45 p.m. – Peter Papathanasiou | Stoning

4:00 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.- George Paxinos | A Divided River

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Peter Prineas’ family hail from Kythera and mark a century in Australia this year. Peter’s early writings, ‘Colo Wilderness’ (1978), and ‘wild places,’ (1983), promoted nature conservation, reflecting his work with environmental NGOs for which he received an OAM in 2012. His later work “Katsehamos and the Big Idea”, (2006), “Britain’s Greek Islands” (2012), and “Savage Colonial Greeks” (2020), explore the interface of Greek, Australian and British history and culture. ‘Wild Colonial Greeks opens up a relatively unexplored period of Greek immigration by recounting those who first landed here in colonial times: from the doctor working in the goldfields, the hotelier fighting the temperance laws, the convict transported to the land from Van Diemen for robbing the British Museum, to encounters with Natives. Peter will be interviewed by Melbourne writer and historian Louise Wilson whose recent books include ‘Sentenced to debt: Robert Forrester, First Fleeter‘ and ‘Margaret Flockton: A Fragrant Memory’

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Nina Angelo

“My mother, a Polish Ashkenazi Jewish girl, and my father, a Greek Sephardic Jewish man, would never have met if they hadn’t both lived through the attempted extermination of their race at Auschwitz and Mauthausen. […] They knew and taught me that we cannot move forward without forgiveness. Nina’s memoir celebrates her mother Janka and father Alberto – their survival and love affair as well as their new beginning in Sydney. Nina is a community artist and will discuss Don’t cry, dance with Dr. Alfred Vincent. Alfred taught Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney and, in retirement, continues to research and write on Modern Greek topics.

12h00 -12h45

In Children of the Revolution, Greek-Australian scholars, writers, poets, artists and photographers reinvent and reinterpret ideas of identity and place and what it means to be Greek in the diaspora. This publication presents a wide range of voices with new insights into the diasporic experience of second and third generations. published by O Cosmos newspaper is an example of a medium in transition that champions diversity in storytelling. Contributors include George Megalogenis, Andrew Pippos, Effy Alexakis, Tony Maniaty, Katerina Cosgrove, Koraly Dimitriadis, Chantal Contouri and many more. The first post in this series won the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Award 2020. This is the second in the series and is edited by Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos, journalist and senior lecturer at Sydney University of Technology. A discussion on one of the key themes of the publication: “what is it like to be the child of migrants” will take place with Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos, Phil Kafcaloudes, Associate Professor Nicholas Doumanis, President from the Nia Karteris festival, Con Stamacostas, Alexandra Dellios and Koraly Dimitriadis who will also perform his poetry.

1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Culture Andrew Pippo
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Andrew Pippos’ first novel Fortunate has been shortlisted for Australia’s most prestigious awards: the Miles Franklin Award and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. He is a lecturer in creative writing at UTS. A former journalist, his essays and short stories have appeared in numerous publications. Fortunate celebrates Greek cafe culture from the 1930s to the present day in a multi-generational family saga with love at its heart. Fortunate started as a PhD in Creative Arts at UTS and Andrew will be interviewed by his thesis supervisor, Associate Professor Tony Macris. Tony is the author of numerous books including When the Horse Became Saw, Capital, Great Western Highway, Replicas and Inexperience.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


Cassi Plate edit

Costas Taktsis, one of the most important post-war Greek writers, wrote his famous novel The third marriage mainly in Australia. One of his closest friends was Australian painter and gallery owner Carl Plate. Monster and Colossus is a story based on letters between Taktsis and his Australian friends Carl and Jocelyn, by their daughter Cassi. Cassi Plate will be interviewed by George Alexander, artist, writer and scholar. He worked at the Art Gallery of NSW.

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


Pierre papathanasiou

It’s the launch of Sydney Stoning, the first crime novel by biologist Peter Papathanasiou. Backcountry work black, it begins with the discovery of the stoning of a woman. Enter George Manolis, a Greek-Australian detective sent to solve the murder. The novel enjoyed outstanding reviews at home and abroad. Set in a fictional outback town with a migrant detention centre, it explores issues surrounding Australia’s immigration policies and racism. Peter has worked at ANU, Stanford, New York University and Imperial College London. His first book, Memoirs Little(2019), is being adapted for the screen, as is Stoning. The novel has been nominated for literary awards here and in the UK, including the Crime Writer’s Association’s prestigious Gold Dagger and New Blood Dagger. He will discuss this and more with the director of the Writers’ Festival, Dr. Helen Vatsikopoulos.

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


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Internationally renowned scientist Professor George Paxinos is an environmental activist and his first eco-fiction novel explores the battle between humans and nature that threatens the survival of our planet. George has published 57 scientific books, including the most cited work in neuroscience and the third most cited in all sciences, and has worked at top universities around the world including Cambridge, Oxford, Stanford, UCLA and UNSW. When a two-thousand-year-old ossuary containing the bones of a crucified man is discovered near Masada, its DNA is cloned to produce two men who grow up on opposite sides of the world and face off in the Amazon as part of of the climate change debate. Nature or culture? Do we need a Messiah to save the planet? George will be interviewed by editor Kiriaki Orfanos.


The place has a fascinating historical past. It was established as Prince Henry Hospital in 1881 in response to a smallpox epidemic and became NSW’s first hospital for infectious diseases. It closed in 2003. There are plenty of spaces to sit and reflect on the site. There will be water, coffee and food available and books to buy and sign.

Prince Henry Centre, 2 Coast Hospital Rd, Little Bay

Free event, registration required


Sunday June 12

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