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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 January 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 JANUARY 2017 7 NEWS Melbourne welcomes new literary fest Celebrating the best in literature from Australia and South Asia, taking part will be local George Megalogenis George Megalogenis at the launch of his book, Australia’s Second Chance – What Our History Tells Us About Our Future. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/LUKAS COCH. In a celebration of the best writing and ideas from across South Asia and Australia, Melbourne is getting a brandnew summer festival. To make it possible, the Melbourne Writers Festival has joined forces with Jaipur Literature Festival to create JLF Melbourne, which will transport the magic, colour and excitement to Federation Square. "JLF Melbourne will bring 'the greatest literary show on Earth' to Australia's City of Literature for just one weekend," MWF festival director Lisa Dempster said. "This thrilling pop-up festival will connect the unique identities of South Asia and Australia. Through talks, performances, music and poetry, JLF Melbourne will explore culture, migration, identity and gender issues, politics, the environment, travel and history." Among the impressive local talent taking part is Greek Australian journalist and political commentator George Megalogenis, writer and academic Tony Birch, journalist and screenwriter Benjamin Law and award-winning poet Michelle Cahill. Megalogenis will be a part of a session titled 'Present Tense: Way of the World', which will attempt to examine the social realities and context of the changes around us. Meanwhile, a number of international stars will also be travelling Down Under to join in, including transgender rights activist, dancer and actress Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Indian politician and award-winning writer Shashi Tharoor, travel writer and former reporter Mishi Saran and singer and songwriter Sofia Ashraf. A weekend of free events, taking place from 11-12 February, JLF Melbourne will also feature a gala evening event, including a smorgasbord of food, drink and not-to-bemissed live performances. "Just like its Jaipur namesake, JLF Melbourne will be a fluid event where guests can move freely from session to session and really soak up the atmosphere," Ms Dempster said. JLF Melbourne is held in collaboration with Melbourne Writers Festival, Teamwork Arts, Fed Square and Arts Centre Melbourne as part of Asia TOPA, with Readings as the festival's official bookseller. To see the full program, visit mwf.com.au/jlf-melbourne Lemnos Anzac graves honoured at St Kilda Cemetery Last Sunday members of Melbourne's Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee joined with Anzac descendents, federal MP Michael Danby and representatives of the City of Port Phillip at St Kilda Cemetery to honour the service of two famous Anzacs who served on Lemnos in 1915. Nurse Clarice Daley and Sergeant Ernest Lawrence both served in the Gallipoli campaign, Clarice serving with the 3rd Australian General Hospital on Lemnos and Ernest with the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade at Gallipoli. They were famously married on the western shores of Lemnos' great Mudros Bay. They are the only Anzac couple to have been married in the war zone during the campaign. Clarice and Ernest survived the war and returned to Melbourne's El- wood, going on to raise a family together. The service took place at Clarice and Ernest's grave site at St Kilda Cemetery. Attendees included descendents of Clarice and Ernest − Christina Chapman, Glen Chapman and Richard Hall. Also present were the Hon. Michael Danby, Federal MP for Melbourne Ports, Councillor Dick Gross from the City of Port Phillip, Sandra Khazam from the City of Port Phillip and Anzac historian Hugh Dolan, author of 36 Days and Gallipoli Air War. John Salpigitidis, representing the George Devine Treloar Memorial Committee, as well as Jan Armstrong, a relative of Ballarat's George Devine Treloar, also attended. Mr Salpigtidis laid a wreath comprised of olive leaves and rosemary, symbolising both Greece and re- membrance, on behalf of the George Devine Treloar Memorial Committee. In laying the committee's wreath at the grave, committee president Lee Tarlamis addressed the assembly, praising the role of Australia's nurses like Clarice, who diligently tended to the thousands of wounded and sick soldiers from the Gallipoli fronts in 1915. He said it was a particular honour to be joined on the day by members of the DaleyLawrence family. "It was also significant that today, members of Melbourne's Hellenic community are joined with the descendents of these two Anzacs to honour their service all those years ago on the island of Lemnos," Mr Tarlamis added. Reverend Richard Hall spoke on behalf of the Daley-Lawrence family, em- phasising that in the midst of war, this young couple demonstrated the power of love to bring people together. Hugh Dolan commented on the important role that Lemnos played in the Gallipoli campaign and indeed up until the end of the First World War as a naval and air base for the Allies. Secretary of the committee Jim Claven said that it was important that we recognised the service of Anzac's like Clarice and Ernest. He said they embodied the connection between Lemnos and Australia through the Anzac story and it was fitting that their resting place be acknowledged. "Those Anzacs who served on Lemnos and returned to Australia carried the memory of their experience of Lemnos and its supportive islanders back to Australia's shores. These memories are The assembled pay their respects at the grave of Clarice and Ernest Lawrence, including (from left) Christina Chapman, Glenn Chapman, Hugh Dolan, Cr Dick Gross (rear), the Hon. Michael Danby, Richard Hall, Lee Tarlamis, Jan Armstrong, John Salpigitis and historian Jim Claven (at right). PHOTO: JIM CLAVEN. captured in the hundreds of photographs of Lemnos and references to the island in their letters, diaries and in memoirs. But this connection is also symbolised in graves such as Clarice and Ernest's," Mr Claven stated. He believes that Clarice and Ernest's grave is also signifi- cant in that it is one of very few to contain the remains of two Anzacs – a nurse and a digger. The committee has raised the prospect of greater recognition of Clarice and Ernest's grave and intends to hold a regular service at the grave site.
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