The Greek-Australian Writers’ Festival, presented by the Greek Festival of Sydney and UTS Journalism and Writing, will highlight the best of Greek-Australian literature.
Directed by Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos, Professional Fellow UTS, this highly anticipated event will be held on Sunday 2 April from 10 am to 6 pm at the Beta Bar located at 238 Castlereagh St, Sydney.
Vatsikopoulos is a Greek Australian journalist, academic and documentary filmmaker. She worked for the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) prior to joining the University of Technology, Sydney, in September 2011, where she is a lecturer in Journalism and holds a Doctorate in Creative Arts (2019).
Festival to showcase Greek Australian writers
The 41st Greek Festival of Sydney is hosting the Greek-Australian Writers’ Festival to showcase books by Greek-Australian writers and Australian writers telling Greek stories.
Australia’s Ambassador to Greece, Arthur Spyrou, will join from Athens for the keynote session on the legacy of Charmian Clift, the Australian journalist and writer who wrote about living on Kalymnos and Hydra. Nearly sixty years after they were published, her writings have only just been translated into Greek.
There will also be a discussion on the evolution of Greeks in Australia asking: Are we White yet?
The panel discussion with prominent Greek-Australians will be exploring the question of whether we are now considered ‘white’ within Australia’s colorful social fabric. Is the era of Greek ‘otherness’ over? What role did anglicizing surnames play in our journey towards acceptance?
As one of the oldest migrant groups in the country, do Diversity and Inclusion policies apply to us, or are we too established or assimilated?
This question is one of the themes explored in the publication ‘Children of the Revolution’ which will be launched and distributed at this event. Join Helen Vatsikopoulos, Phil Kafcaloudes, Nicholas Doumanis, Paul Farrell, Mary Coustas and Anna Patty for a robust discussion on identity and belonging, which will be recorded by ABC’s Radio National ‘Big Ideas’ program.
The 45-minute sessions will include questions from the audience. Books will be on sale and authors available for signings.
For the full program, please visit the Greek Festival of Sydney Website