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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 November 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2018 19 BOOKS Koraly performing in ‘Poetic License’. she describes her complicated relationship to her roots. "I didn't really embrace that feeling, that I love Cyprus, until I was 17 and my parents took me on this trip and they just let me do whatever I wanted," she remembers. "I never got that when I was in Australia, there was always this fear of people out there and so many rules on how to behave. So Cyprus became a very special place to me. I continue to go every two years and want to go more often." In fact, Koraly was there recently, touring the island to launch her new book, with a fund from the Cypriot Ministry of Education. "It was really good," she says. "I always get quite a bit of attention in Cyprus, I get lot of validation and love and support." That is more than she can say about the Australian arts and letters scene. "It is a very complex and hard place," she says. "It is very hard to get acceptance in the wider Australian arts scene, there are a lot of stereotypes, and there is still a resistance for something different, especially when it comes to women from migrant cultures. There is a big push for diversity but Greek, Italian and Spanish women are left behind because we are kind of not seen as 'diverse' enough," she points out, stressing that most of the artistic output coming from the Greek community had to do with work created by men. "There is a big problem here," she says. Of course, Koraly is not one poetry and thought that I had to write in a more traditional way, that I had to follow all these rules set by the academics." That all changed when she went to RMIT and studied creative writing with the acclaimed poet and artist Ania Walwicz. "She was the one who told me that there are no rules," Her voice has changed within that period, but her main theme remains the same: the role of women in a male-dominated society and within a migrant culture. "There is a lot going on underneath, and although things have evolved, there is still work to be done when it comes to Papadopoulos on the bouzouki. "I've invited musicians and poets of migrant background to kind of interpret the metaphor of the book," she says. "Having it at the Greek I used to be very angry at my culture and my family, but now I kind of understand it more. I see that it was hard for our parents to come here and start a new life. When I go to Cyprus and see all that beauty, I think that they gave it all up, in order to have a better future for me. to shy away from a challenge. It has always been like that for her, from the start. When I ask her why she chose poetry as a means of expression she said that she did not. "Poetry choose me," she says. "I was always writing poetry but I never really thought I could go anywhere with it. I've been told that my poetry is not Koraly remembers. "That's what I learned and that's what I did." This approach is evident in Just give me the pills, which sees her playing with a lot of poetry formats. "It just happens, it's not something that I planned to do," she says, describing that the book contains poetry written over the span of 10 years. women empowerment. We need to be addressing these issues." At the moment, Koraly is getting ready for the Australian launch of Just Give Me The Pills on Sunday 2 December at an event featuring poets Amanda Anastasi, Angela Costi, Kylie Supski, Misbah Khokhar, Tariro Mavondo but also the veteran guitarist-vocalist Pascal Latra supported by Jacob community is important to me, because they have supported my work, despite being controversial and tricky, so I want to celebrate this work with the Greek community," she explains. "I talk about some things that may be offensive to Greek culture but it is important to bring things in the open and discuss if you want to see change." Activism aside, there is a deeper reason that she wanted to host the event at The Greek Centre. "I'm Greek Cypriot. That's who I am," she says. *Koraly Dimitriadis' book 'Just Give Me The Pills' is hitting bookshops nationally on Saturday 1 December and will be launched on Sunday 2 December at The Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC). Doors open at 6.30 pm. For catering purposes please RSVP to info@outsidetheboxpress. com or respond to the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/ events/311739472972400/).
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