Greek Writers in English – Jenny Mastoraki

The third in the Greek Writers in English series of online talks is by Dr Sarah Ekdawi.

This series of online talks have been organised by The Hellenic Centre and The Society for Modern Greek Studies and will be released every Wednesday at 7pm (UK time) from 10 February until 3 March 2021.

Video not working below? Watch on YouTube here

Readings translated by: N.C. Germanacos, John Stathatos and Karen van Dyck, and Sarah Ekdawi.

Jenny Mastoraki

A leading poetic voice of the 1970s and ’80s but then stopped publishing poetry, apparently to focus on her work as a literary translator. A student at the time of the 1967 coup, she first began publishing poetry in anthologies that were subject to censorship. Thereafter, she has exercised a strict control over biographical information and translations of her work. This talk will focus on Mastoraki’s four slim volumes of poetry, with illustrative readings.

Dr Sarah Ekdawi

Currently a Faculty Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and the Reviews Editor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. Dr Sarah Ekdawi is a graduate of King’s College London, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Oxford, where she gained her D.Phil in 1991, with a thesis entitled ‘The Poetic Practice of Anghelos Sikelianos’. She was later awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Queen’s University of Belfast, where she was also a visiting lecturer for several years. Ekdawi’s publications include studies of Cavafy, Sikelianos, Ritsos, sixteenth century Cypriot sonnets and the Byzantine heroic romance of Digenis Akrites. She is also a qualified technical translator and practising literary translator. In May 2019, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in English Teaching by MCU Thailand, where she is also a visiting professor.

Society for Modern Greek Studies

The Society exists to promote teaching and research in Modern Greek Studies throughout the United Kingdom. It organizes regular events, disseminates information, and collaborates with other related institutions and organizations. Its online journal Modern Greek Studies Online began publication in 2015. The Society also acts as the UK national body representing our subject and is affiliated to the European Society of Modern Greek Studies.

More information

Greek Writers in English

Organised by The Hellenic Centre and The Society for Modern Greek Studies every Wednesday at 7pm  from 10 February until 3 March.

View all lectures in the series