Saturday, 16 June
7.00pm – 8.00pm
A tribute to master storyteller Arnold Zable presented by Konstandina Dounis
Arnold Zable is an award winning Australian writer, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate. He was born to Polish-Jewish refugees and grew up in the Carlton of the 1950s and 60s, a suburb densely populated by many cultures and echoing the sounds of many diverse languages. His hauntingly beautiful stories have captured the horror of the Holocaust, the tragedy of displacement and the quiet dignity inherent in resettling in the far reaches of the Antipodes. Arnold Zable has also intersected with various aspects of Hellenism, both in his own life story through many personal friendships, his happy marriage to his Greek-Australian wife Dora and their son Alexander, and his long association with the Greek island of Ithaca. Happily for us, these experiences have interwoven their magic into a number of his novels, most particularly the critically acclaimed The Fig Tree and The Sea of Many Returns. The evening will culminate in a reading and discussion of his works by Arnold Zable himself.
Antipodes Writers Festival
The very first Antipodes Writers Festival kicks off on Friday 15 June with award-winning author Christos Tsiolkas in conversation with professor of cultural studies at the University of Melbourne Nikos Papastergiadis, where they’ll be exploring Writing, Multiculturalism and Cosmopolitanism.
The Festival, convened by Melbourne writers and academics Helen Nickas and Konstandina Dounis, presents one solid weekend of back-to-back sessions by some of Melbourne’s favourite writers within the Greek and wider community, with a sprinkling of interstate guests.
The program of fifteen sessions will be covered by over fifty writers from different generations, and is guaranteed to appeal to a diverse audience. Prominent names include: writer and academic Vrasidas Karalis (Recollections of Mr Manoly Lascaris, A History of Greek Cinema); journalist and writer Angela Pippos (The Goddess Advantage); novelists Dmetri Kakmi (Mother Land) and John Charalambous (Two Greeks); poets Angela Costi, Tom Petsinis, and Tina Giannoukos; actor and playwright Victoria Haralabidou (Blessed, Brides); senior journalist with The Australian and author, George Megalogenis (The Australian Moment), and many more.
Special events will include; a special tribute to one of Australia’s best-loved storytellers, Arnold Zable (Sea of Many Returns, Café Scheherazade, The Fig Tree) for his memorable portrayals of aspects of Hellenism in his novels, and a concluding event showcasing writers Dina Amanatides, Nikos Nomikos and Antigone Kefala who have portrayed the immigrant experience in all its rich and diverse manifestations.
Antipodes Writers Festival
15-17 June, 2012
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Tickets available from www.trybooking.com