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Storytelling through the seasons: Beneath the Fig Leaves

On a sun-filled Melbourne spring afternoon in 2009, I sat with my ninety-year-old mother Giannoula in her garden, listening to her reminiscence about village life. I had always taken an …

Features

Greek folk festivals events, cuisine, at the heart of wide-ranging book

It took seven years for Terina Kalogeropoulos-Armenakis, a successful stockbroker and property investor, to compile the book A Greek Folk Journey, Travel, Culture & Gastronomy. But for a certain virus, …

Life

Writers, poets get writing for GACL competition, periodical

The Greek-Australian Cultural League (GACL) is again calling on writers to take part in its annual literary competition for poems or short stories written in either Greek or English. The …

A world less than perfect unravels in tale of Aussie authors’ Hydra idyll

It is worth bearing in mind that a classic of the post-war Australian novel, My Brother Jack, owes its existence to the incredible patience and generosity of a grocery store/kafenion owner …

Life

A world less than perfect in Hydra brought into clear focus

It is worth keeping in mind that a classic of the post-war Australian novel, My Brother Jack, owes its existence to the incredible patience and generosity of a grocery store/kafenion …

Life

Premier’s literary award gives a lift, says fiction winner Tsiolkas

Winning a literary award, last week he won his second Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for fiction, may be a regular event for novelist and playwright Christos Tsiolkas but awards offer …

Life

Deep listening is essential to community engagement

Monday 2 February at Abbottsford Convent Arts Centre, a launch was held for the new book The Relationship is the Project. Respected Victorian Aboriginal Elder Uncle Larry, one of the …

Life

Tsiolkas novel ‘Damascus’ wins Victorian Premier’s Literary Award

Christos Tsiolkas won the fiction category prize of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for 2020 on Thursday for his critically acclaimed historical novel Damascus which is set in the early …

Life

Top 10: Essential reading this summer

It is not the summer we want, Australia is engulfed by mega-fires. We have lost people, animals, and property to the inferno. It may seem inappropriate to consider reading as …

Life

Nicking the style of David Sedaris

I hand David Sedaris his book. It has a yellow post-it note poking out with my name on it for the author to copy. My new friend Roger and I …