Helen Nickas

Helen Nickas is a former academic, writer, literary translator and publisher of Greek-Australian writers. She has published several bilingual poetry books and has edited the critical volume, Dimitris Tsaloumas: A Voluntary Exile (Owl Publishing 1999). Also forthcoming is Antigone Kefala: A Writer’s Journey.

A Diasporic Journey: Greek-Australian Poetry in Bilingual and English Publications

It all started for me in 1983 when Dimitris Tsaloumas – a Greek poet in Melbourne – had just won the National Book Council Award for best book of the year with his poetry collection The Observatory, in bilingual form. In other words, he had won an award based on the translations of his original Greek poems, as the judging panel did not have any knowledge of Greek. It was certainly a first for Australian letters.

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