Tsaloumas literary afternoon

19 April 2016

Greek Australian poet Dimitris Tsaloumas will be remembered in a literary afternoon this Sunday. 

The bilingual program will consist of talks, poetry readings, and audio-visual presentations all based on Tsaloumas’ poetry. 

Above: Portrait of Dimitris Tsaloumas by Nikos Kypraios.

Born in Greece in 1921, Mr Tsaloumas migrated to Australia in 1952 due to political persecution, and didn't start writing again until 1974.

He wrote in Greek and English, with his first English selection, The Observatory, translated by Philip Grundy, being published in 1983. Since then eight collections have been published in English and three more in Greek and English.

He won a National Book Council award for The Observatory and was a recipient of the Patrick White award, and the Australia Council’s Writers’ Emeritus Award in 2001.

The literary afternoon will take place at the Greek Centre, Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne on Sunday 24 April from 3:00 pm. The event in jointly organised by the Greek Australian Cultural League of Melbourne; Greek Community of Melbourne; Hellenic Writers Association of Australia; International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis – Melbourne Branch; Modern Greek Studies Program La Trobe University; Owl Publishing and supported by the Hellenic Museum.