Poetry Night and Book Launch

Poetry Night and Book Launch

We are pleased to bring you a Poetry book launch and Music night on Thursday 6th July featuring the poetry of Andrea Demetriou. 

“But if there is lament in these poems there is also a defiant and proud declaration of joy.” “The truth is that love and the truth that is pain being shot straight in to your heart.”
From the introduction
by Christos Tsolkas

You are invited to the launch of
the poetry collection
by ANDREA Demetriou.
From the beauty and sadness of Cyprus to the end of Port Melbourne; from the wars for resources, to the
existential dead end.
SPEAKERS:Tim Anderson, political analyst, senior lecturer, University of Sydney, Adam Rorris, political analyst, economist,
PRESENTER: Eleni Elefterias, academic & event coordinator.

Followed by a Music Program with Sotiris Prokopoiou,
the poet & friends singing contemporary & traditional Greek & Cypriot songs and also Nadya and Zoran of "101 Candles" singing Serbian

“The Inconsolable Clock”

The following quotes below are from Christos Tsolkas (who introduces the printed poetry collection) and the presenters of the launch of the book by The Greek Community of Melbourne, SEKA and the Cypriot Community on the 19th June at the Greek Centre and in Adelaide, by the Flinders University / Logos Centre.

“Like all true poets, Demetriou
understands the dignity and profound power of the pause - take us from a Cyprus shattered and divided by the horror of war and occupation, to an evocation of the sight and sounds of inner-city Melbourne streets and then they return to us to the eastern Mediterranean to where another war, an economic war, again shatters and divides. Writing in two languages and two continents, in Cypriot Greek and in Australian English. Demetriou's voice is that of the outsider. Her voice is born in exile and in migration, how else can she be else? But if there is lament in her poems there is also a defiant and proud declaration of joy. Gamo ta panta sas agapao (Fuck it all, I love you all).
It's that defiance and generosity that drew me first to Andrea as a person and which makes me fall in love with her as a poet. The truth that is love and the truth that is pain being shot straight into your heart. This is the book you hold in your hands.”
Christos Tsiolkas

“You could argue that there is a political dimension or desire in Andrea's poems, but that is just one, important aspect of her work. Rather than political, she is more certainly in the lineage of Cavafy, above all the Cavafy of loss of civic virtues destroyed. The concerns of Elytis, too, are there to be seen in Andrea's work, she is in the tradition of Axion Esti.”
Angelo Loukakis, Author and Executive Director of The Australian Society of Authors

“In her work the political and the personal are inseparable. Her voice rises from a space that lies between cultures, between worlds, between a stolen past and a fragile future. It is the voice of the displaced, a seeker, an activist, and a dreamer, infused with passion and artistry-- the private, made transcendent and universal.”

Arnold Zable, awarded Writer, Novelist, and Human Rights Advocate

“Absolutely sublime poems by Andrea, being intuitively gifted to capture a sudden and accidental light on the dark side of the moon.”

Professor Michael Tsianikas, Flinders University

For further information, please contact: 0420 283 475

Date: Thursday 6th July
Time: 7pm
Place: Greek Bilingual Bookshop
837 New Canterbury Rd,
Dulwich Hill

Available: Coffee & Tea, wine by donation, Greek pita snacks

Find the Book at
Or use the link at the end of this email. RRP $20