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Presented By The Greek Community of Melbourne and Greek Australian Cultural League

Salvaging Cypriot Greek Migrant Heritage and Memories Through the Poetry of Zeny Giles and Peter Lyssiotis

with Angela Costi

  • When:
  • Where: Greek Centre, Mezzanine Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
  • Entry: Free

Event Details

This is a joint presentation with the Greek Australian Cultural League

Poetry is one way of documenting what is missed, excluded and neglected by institutionalised archives. Migrants and refugees who have a reliance on oral stories to record their existence, risk minimisation of their impact and contribution to the collective memory of Australia.

In particular, the memories and heritage of Cypriot Greeks are historically recorded through the prism and value-system of two dominating cultures: a British-centric culture and an Hellenic culture.

An alternative documentation of the Cypriot Greek, Australian-based diaspora, is through interviewing and studying the poetic output of Cypriot Greek poets.

Two Cypriot Greek poets and authors who have filled the archival gaps with their poetry are Zeny Giles and Peter Lyssiotis. Since the 1980s, both have amassed well-deserved awards and literary recognition for their creative output. Their poetry and the philosophy underpinning their writing, reveals a poetic biography of Cypriot Greek diaspora identity, one that is nuanced and significant.

About Angela Costi

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Angela Costi

Angela Costi is a poet and writer with a background in social justice and community arts. She is the author of five poetry collections including Honey & Salt (shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Poetry Prize 2008) and An Embroidery of Old Maps and New (winner of the Book Prize for Poetry in English, GACL 2022). She has nine produced and commissioned plays/performance text, including A Nest of Cinnamon which was part of an international collaboration, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.

In 1995, she received a travel award from the National Languages and Literacy Board to study Ancient Greek Drama in Greece. She is a graduate of Melbourne University and RMIT. She received the High Commendation for contribution to Arts and Culture, Merri-bek Award 2021.

How to Participate

This is an in-person event only, so please join us at the Greek Centre, on the Mezzanine Level (Press M in the elevator).

See our speaker live, ask questions during the Q&A and hobnob with fellow participants before and after the event.

We look forward to seeing you there.


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We thank the following corporate sponsors:

Delphi Accounting, Symposiarch Wines and the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria Inc.

About Greek History and Culture Seminars 2023

This event belongs to the series, Greek History and Culture Seminars 2023.

The Greek Community of Melbourne hosts a wide range of events, from intimate gatherings to large functions, and celebrates cultural diversity with vibrant festivals, performances, and exhibitions.

SERIES DATES: Thursday, 02/03/2023 – Thursday, 05/10/2023

See all Greek History and Culture Seminars 2023 published events.

  • LANGUAGE English
  • CATEGORY Education
  • EVENT SERIES Seminars > Greek History and Culture Seminars 2023
  • SERIES DATES Thursday, 02/03/2023 – Thursday, 05/10/2023
  • PRESENTED BY The Greek Community of Melbourne and Greek Australian Cultural League
  • FEATURING Angela Costi
  • M.C. Nick Dallas
  • MAJOR DONORS Delphi Accounting | Symposiarch Wines | Kastellorizian Association of Victoria Inc.
  • PLACE Greek Centre, Mezzanine
  • ADDDRESS Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000