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Greece and World Poetry Day


As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery…   

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years…

Ithaka gave you the marvellous journey…
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
Constantine P. Cavafy  ( 1911, translated by Edmund Keeley)

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Today, (March 21) is World Poetry Day, as declared by UNESCO in 1999. The aim is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, to “give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements.” World Poetry Day has existed in some form since 1505, according to the National Poetry Day Committee. From ancient to contemporary times, Greece’s tradition in poetry is long acknowledged globally. Young, talented Greek poets continue to grace this tradition and expand it with their works. On the occasion of the World Poetry Day, the National Book Centre (in Greek) is organising a series of events that will take place in several areas across the country. Continue reading

Greek Authors’ Society Honours Edmund Keeley

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The “Dido Sotiriou Cultural Prize” of the Hellenic Authors’ Society is a distinction awarded every year to a foreign or Greek writer whose work promotes communication between peoples and cultures through cultural diversity. This year, 79 year old American writer, translator and Professor Edmund Keeley was honoured for his work and devotion to Greek literature. Son of an American diplomat, Keeley spent many years of his life living and working in Greece and was also married to a Greek, Mary Stathatos-Kyris. In the early 50’s, Keeley began a much promising correspondence with Giorgos Seferis, marking this way his initiation to the authentic Greek literature, which inspired Keeley for a prolific and off- honoured academic and literary career.