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Tsiolkas is a great mentor

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15 September 2009

Greek-Australians are going mainly unnoticed in the literary space. I am a Greek Cypriot writer or fiction, poetry and short stories and it’s very difficult to get noticed in an industry that is still dominated by Anglos.

Luckily for me, I have a fantastic mentor, Christos Tsiolkas, who encourages and supports my work.

But I think what also holds this small group of Greek writers back, is the lack of support they receive from friends and family; most Greek parents want their children to be doctors, engineers or accountants and don’t see the Arts as a profession to make money from.

Koraly Dimitriadis, Endeavour Hills, VIC 3802

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Don't give uip and don't believe that all Greek families and friends want to see their children in a profession that will bring in the dollars. I am a writer and my first book is being released this month. I don't write because I want to make money from it... I write because if I don't I feel like I'm not breathing and I'm lucky to have family and friends that support... but yes, when I was first optioned for publication many asked the question..."how much money are you going to get out of this?" My standard answer is.. "I have no idea and I don't care."

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