Antigone Kefala: A Writer’s Journey

by on 02/06/2014

MELBOURNE | A new book titled “Antigone Kefala: A Writer’s Journey” was launched recently in Melbourne by the distinguished Australian poet Judith Rodringuez. The book, published by Owl Publishing and edited by Professor Vrasidas Karalis and Helen Nickas, is an anthology of reviews, essays, analytical and critical writing of Antigone Kefala’s literary work.

The Melbourne launch took place on Tuesday, 27th May, at Steps Gallery in Carlton, Melbourne. Helen Nickas, publisher and co-editor of the book spoke of the inception of the book and her rewarding collaboration with Vrasidas Karalis (Professor of Greek at the University of Sydney).

Distinguished Australian poet, Judith Rodriguez, launched the book with a considered and perspicacious overview of Antigone Kefala within the larger context of Australian and world literature.

Professor Vrasidas Karalis, also spoke at the launch in a thought-provoking speech, which questioned many of the accepted views of what constitutes Australian literature.

The launch was attended by many fellow-writers, academics and members of the cultural community of Melbourne.

“Antigone Kefala: A Writer’s Journey” as the title indicates, is a critical look at the life and works of a Greek-Australian poet and prose writer who came to the Antipodes in the early fifties and since 1960 calls Sydney home.

The book comprises a selection of interviews, reviews and essays (previously published, or newly commissioned), as well as an illuminating autobiographical piece by Antigone Kefala.

This diverse biographical and critical material included in a single volume gives a fascinating insight into this writer – originally a Greek from Romania. Prominent literary critics contributing to this volume include Sneja Gunew, Ivor Indyk, Judith Brett, Peter Pierce, Nikos Papastergiadis, Judith Rodriguez, Dmetri Kakmi, Anna Couani, George Kanarakis, Konstandina Dounis, Gail Holst-Warhaft, Paul Kane, and many others from Australia and elsewhere in the world.

Far from being biographic, this book contains a collection of many different viewpoints, which is in agreement with Kefala’s view, as she has repeatedly pleaded for a wide-ranging dialogue on the state of Australian literature.

Antigone Kefala has lived in Sydney since 1960. Her poetry publications include Absence: new and selected poems (Hale & Iremonger, 1992). Her prose works include The Island (1984), Alexia: a tale of two cultures (1984); bilingual and trilingual versions of Alexia and The Island (1995 and 2002); Summer Visit: three novellas (Giramondo, 2002); Sydney Journals (Giramondo, 2008).

Helen Nickas, Vrasidas Karalis and Judith Rodriguez

Helen Nickas, Vrasidas Karalis and Judith Rodriguez

Vrasidas Karalis is Professor of Greek at the University of Sydney and Helen Nickas was a Greek Studies lecturer at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and now an independent scholar, writer and publisher.

For more information about the book: Owl Publishing, Email: [email protected], Website: