ANDRIANA MINOU / POETRY
Andriana Minou is a Greek writer and musician living in London since 2004. She holds an MA in Performing Arts and a PhD in Piano Performance. Her short story collection, Underage Noirs was published in 2013 by Strange Days Books. Her second book, Dream-mine, an experimental novel in the shape of a labyrinth, was published by the same publisher in 2017 while its English version has also been published by Verbivoracious Press in a Festschrift about the Oulipo Movement. Dream-mine was recently presented in the form of a performance and installation as part of UNESCO’s Athens 2018: World Book Capital. Her work as a writer has been included in several anthologies and literary journals in Greece such as Geometry of an invisible generation (Mandragoras), codepoetry (Athens plaython), Autumn Stories and Sandgraphs (Strange Days Books), entefktirio, poetix. Her texts have also featured in literary journals in the UK and the US, such as The Paper Nautilus, rattle journal, FIVE:2:ONE, typehouse magazine and in the anthology, A six-pack of stories (Story Brewhouse). Andriana also writes librettos, song lyrics and texts for performances that have been presented around the world (Athens, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Zurich, New York and more). She has also translated Gregory Papadoyiannis’ novel, The Baby Jazz, published by Fomite Press. In 2017 she was one of the selected writers at the Young Writers’ Festival of Thessaloniki International Book Fair. For the past four years she has co-organised Sand Festival, the only literature festival on the Greek islands.
ANTONIS TSIRIKOUDIS / SHORT STORIES
Αntonis Tsirikoudis was born in the mid-seventies on World Poetry Day, but stopped writing poetry when he was twelve, devoting his creative force to prose. Short stories of his have been included in various anthologies, and in 2016 Paraxenes Meres published his first book, “When you least expect it”, a collection of 33 short and very short stories. Since then, he is focused on his first novel. He has also participated in the writing of a novel with another 11 writers, and has translated literature from English, and Spanish. Before moving to Crete, he lived in Sydney Australia, and Tallinn Estonia. He has been living in Heraklion city for the past seven years, with his partner, two dogs and a cat, teaching literature and Greek language in a high school. Any opportunity given, he travels, mostly to places he hasn’t visited before, next one being India. He has a degree in Philosophy, and an MD in Special Education. He speaks English, Spanish and reads Portuguese and Russian. When not writing and teaching, he loves cooking and entertaining. For the past four years he has co-organised Sand Festival, the only literature festival on the Greek islands.
GREGORY PAPADOYIANNIS / NOVELS
Gregory Papadoyiannis graduated from the Law and Journalism Schools, studied cinema direction and worked at newspapers, magazines, radio and television, initially as a sports editor and later as a columnist and editor. At the same time, he worked as a translator of literature books in collaboration with several publishing houses and translated books by William Faulkner, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Jack London, Marc Twain etc. into Greek.
In 1991, he was awarded the national prize for young playwrights at the competition of the Ministry of Culture for his play The situations. He was awarded the second prize twice at the same competition, in 1995 and 1999. He has translated theatrical plays by authors such as David Mamet and Tennessee Williams for the purposes of performances in prestigious theatres of Athens. He has also worked as a director’s assistant at the National Theatre of Greece as well as the Theatre of Thessaly. He has been involved with the cinema as well; as a director of two short films that were screened in Greek film festivals and as a script-writer for feature and short films. He has also worked as a script-writer and director’s assistant in several television series.
Gregory is a co-founder, administrator and writer for the books & cinema section of the website http://www.eyelands.gr. He is the curator for the only Greece-based international short story competition, run by http://www.eyelands.gr . He also co-ordinates and leads a series of workshops on creative and collaborative writing all over Greece. After living in Athens for several years, he now lives in the island of Crete. He currently works as a translator and editor for Strange Days Books Publishing (www.strangedaysbooks.gr ) He is co-founder and has been co-organising Sand Festival, since 2015 along with Andriana Minou and Antonis Tsirikoudis.
PUBLICATIONS IN GREEK
– To the Almighty, hereunto, comic album, 1988
– The situations, play, 1992
– The Philadelphus case, science fiction novelette, 1999
– Sniff, novel, 2008 (first edition: Empiria Ekdotiki (2008) third edition: Strange Days Books 2014)
– The city beyond the river, short story collection, 2011
From this collection: The short story The Whole Family won the third prize in the literary contest of the Greek online magazine “Stella’s Literary bistro” (2011) and was shortlisted at the International Annual Fish Short Story Competition. The short story The city beyond the river was shortlisted and Highly Recommended at the Tom Howard Short Story Contest (2009).
PUBLICATIONS IN ENGLISH
– 52 eyelands, a sentimental guide through the Greek islands (2013, Strange Days Books)
– Greece: The child that never grew up, short story included in Stories for our Time, an Interactive Exhibition from LibArts London (London School of Liberal Arts, 1 May – 31 July 2013)
-The city beyond the river, short story included in the anthology Future eyes of PaleHouse Magazine (2012, Los Angeles, California, http://www.palehouse.com/FE-Papadoyiann.html)
-The Whole Family, short story included in Jakes Monthly anthology of Magic Realism
-In the Majestic’s nest, short story published in Foxing Quarterly (2013, print-only literary and arts journal published in Austin, Texas)
– An excerpt from his novel “Sniff” was posted to the European Literature Network (June 2017) http://www.eurolitnetwork.com/authors-pitch-sniff-by-gregory-papadoyannis/
– His novel «The baby Jazz» released in USA from Fomite books in February 2017
– His comic album “Ephemera/Life is short” released in Greece in December, 2016. Two of the stories from the album published in Porcupine, an anthology of poetry, art, and short stories from 23 contributors across the globe, in November 2017.
Costis Malousaris was born in 1972 in Athens. There, he studied photolithography and graphic arts. In 1997, and along with his friend Margarita Leousi, they made the fanzine “walk in the Park”. From then until 2009, he did not stop writing texts, but did not consider it necessary to publish them. He worked for two years at the publishing house ‘Astir’. He was a key contributor to the literary magazine “Fortezza”. He participates as a publishing consultant in the publishing group “Strange Days”. Fifteen years ago he decided to live in Rethymno, Crete. A series of (at first glance) unrelated events, people and situations led him to earn his living through creating and selling ceramic objects.
For more than two years, he studied with the pottery makers Giorgos and Natassa Vardaxi in Rethymnon, who taught him a lot but mainly to dare to become “self-taught”, to experiment with techniques, search for his own ways and not to be afraid to narrate stories he wanted to tell using his own hand-made ceramics instead of words.
He manufactures objects mainly from stoneware clay and combines clay, oxides, paint and glass techniques to create pleasant, face-to-face, use-and-touch objects. The electric furnace and the high temperatures allow for results that he likes to call space therapy objects, always with the challenge of being able to do what inspires your imagination within the strict discipline required by pottery art.
All first prize winners of each category will receive a handmade ceramic tree, created by Costis Malousaris especially for Eyelands Book Awards
With Kafka’s “Art needs craft more than craft needs art” as a basic principle, I strive to find the balance between pleasure and the therapeutic quality of making, creating objects and the additional achievement of making a living and acquiring recognition through it.
Everyday objects and familiar forms giving the sense of security and familiarity offer a chance for me to present my perspective, my emotion, even my compulsion, accompanying the merchant’s and artist’s worries. Trees, a symbol of power and tranquillity, of a life intense yet discreet, have always been a reference point in my journeys, real and mental – spiritual and material.
Especially the olive tree, the most prominent tree of Crete, a symbol of the struggle for endurance as well as prosperity in Cretan culture, has been a source of inspiration and a bright spot. I therefore consider trees and the olive tree in particular, a symbol equal to an author’s endeavour, inspiration and labour.
- hand build ceramic items, aprox. 20 cm height and 6-8 cm diameter. Stoneware clay, hand painted with engobe colors and twice in the kiln at 1100c.