Greek-Australian Cultural League’s 2018 Antipodes launch & 45th Anniversary!

On 7 October 2018 I was in Melbourne celebrating Greek-Australian voices in literature! It’s been a bit of a tough year for me with my writing, juggling the business side of being a writer, while also tutoring, wedding planning for 2019 and working full time. Since 2015 when I won 1st Prize for the GACL Literary Competition I’ve been submitting my poetry every year, but this year, I originally wasn’t going to submit a new creative writing piece so I could take a break and refresh myself for 2019. I was feeling down as a writer and struggling with writer’s … Continue reading Greek-Australian Cultural League’s 2018 Antipodes launch & 45th Anniversary!

Poetry Publication in the Greek-Australian Cultural League’s 2017 Antipodes Periodical – “Uncover Pyrrha”

Hi Everyone, I’m super excited to announce that my poem “Uncover Pyrrha” was published in the Greek-Australian Cultural League’s 2017 Periodical Antipodes, Issue 63. Pages 189-190. My poem is about the persona yearning to connect with their lost heritage and learn the unique and untold stories of hidden cities. It is a journey of uncertainty and anticipation as the persona moves closer and closer towards a Wonder. The poem explores the concept about the magic of place and the emotional pull it has on different types of generations in Australia. It personifies the earth, the sea, and time and their … Continue reading Poetry Publication in the Greek-Australian Cultural League’s 2017 Antipodes Periodical – “Uncover Pyrrha”

Two Poetry Publications in the Greek-Australian Cultural League’s 2016 Antipodes Periodical – “Lesvos” & “Metaxy”

Hi Everyone, I’m super excited to announce that two of my poems “Lesvos” and “Metaxy” were published in the Greek-Australian Cultural League’s 2016 Periodical Antipodes. The first poem is titled “Lesvos” about the persona feeling linguistically alienated when they visit their motherland, and yearning to be reconnected and accepted by anthropomorphising the island, Lesvos. It questions the concept of home for emerging types of generations in Australia. It explores the issues of our identity, of being assimilated into the Australian culture and yet yearning to be part of (and accepted by) our cultural background even though we might be different – a common conflict … Continue reading Two Poetry Publications in the Greek-Australian Cultural League’s 2016 Antipodes Periodical – “Lesvos” & “Metaxy”

Fathers from the Edge Book Launch

Hi Everyone, Sorry for not updating in a long time. I’ve been extremely busy with starting full-time work and writing a new book. I have lots of great news throughout the year which I will update when I can. In the meantime, I am delightful to announce that on the 12th of May 2016 I attended the Sydney book launch at the University of Sydney for the Greek-Australian Fathers from the Edge anthology I contributed my memoir to. The anthology is a companion to the book Mothers from the Edge published in 2006. My memoir was about how my father’s migrant … Continue reading Fathers from the Edge Book Launch

Dual Poetry Publications – “Name Day” in the Contrappasso Magazine & “Mnemosyne’s Amaranthos” Won 1st Prize for the GACL Literary Competition 2015

Hi Everyone, On Saturday the 14th of November 2015 I attended the launch party of the Contrappasso Magazine’s special issue Long Distance where my poem “Name Day” was published. I was the first writer to read out their poem as I had to leave early to my brother’s girlfriend’s 21st Birthday party. My mum and boyfriend came with me to celebrate this momentous occasion. This is my first poem that has been published outside of Macquarie University. It was rejected twice from two different publications but I still kept my fighting spirit going – as a writer you learn to … Continue reading Dual Poetry Publications – “Name Day” in the Contrappasso Magazine & “Mnemosyne’s Amaranthos” Won 1st Prize for the GACL Literary Competition 2015

Poem “Name Day” Published in the Contrappasso Magazine – Launch Party Announcement

Hi Everyone, I’m excited to announce the publication of my poem “Name Day” by the Contrappasso Magazine for their special issue ‘Long Distance’. I’ve been waiting all year to announce the news since my poem was selected. The launch party is on the 14th of November 2015. More information about the event is available from the flyer above, and on their Facebook Page. I’m hoping to do a reading of my poem in front of the audience on the night. Best wishes, Claire Continue reading Poem “Name Day” Published in the Contrappasso Magazine – Launch Party Announcement

Fathers from the Edge – First Publication to Greek-Australian Literature

Hi Everyone, I’m excited to announce the publication of my memoir to the Fathers from the Edge anthology by Helen Nickas of Owl Publishing. The book is about Greek-Australian writers’ reflections on their fathers and their relationships within the migrant experience. It is a companion to the Mothers from the Edge book. It has been a fantastic journey to be a part of the experience to have my memoir published as a Greek-Australian writer. Like the book states in the Introduction, I have written this memoir to honour my father, Stavros Catacouzinos, to share my story about him, and by … Continue reading Fathers from the Edge – First Publication to Greek-Australian Literature

Superwog – Talk Shit Get Hit Tour – Will There Ever Be A Female Perspective?

I attended the Superwog – Talk Shit Get Hit Comedy Tour at Enmore Theatre on the 2nd of October 2015. Theo and Nathan Saidden have done an amazing job presenting the generalised stereotypes of Wogs and Aussies. We’ve got the old traditional mentalities of grandparents and parents; weird and in-your-face uncles and aunties; egocentric, hedonistic and arrogant single guys who show their vulnerability through concern and love for their mothers; and crazy, loud mouth, over-the-top single girls. However, even though Superwog continues to embark on characterising multiple roles between themselves and one other cast member, Sasha Sutton, my question to … Continue reading Superwog – Talk Shit Get Hit Tour – Will There Ever Be A Female Perspective?

A Call to Fellow Writers – Comments on Literary Agent Carrie Pestritto’s Query Critique of my YA Historical Novel

Hi Everyone, It’s be been a long time since I wrote on my blog, so my sincere apologies – I’ve been really busy job hunting and writing my contemporary YA novel and actively sending out queries (over 60) to literary agents in the US and UK since October 2014 for my YA historical novel – and it’s been such a roller coaster ride. I have some fantastic news to share. I entered into a query critique competition on Carrie Pestritto’s literary agent blog, she’s an agent at Prospect Agency, and I won the query critique for that month. I would … Continue reading A Call to Fellow Writers – Comments on Literary Agent Carrie Pestritto’s Query Critique of my YA Historical Novel