On Sunday 15 May 2016, a new book by Greek-Australian educator and author Yota Krili was launched at the AHEPA Hall of Sydney at 6.00 pm. The book-fiction is titled: “Cyclamen”. Dimitrios Kametopoulos first asks Ms Krili to give us a taste of her new book contribution and to tell us what inspired her.
The book won Book Prize for Greek Prose in the BOOK AWARDS by The Greek-Australian Cultural League of Melbourne, in 2019.
Judges’ comments: The 2019 Book Prize for Prose is awarded to Yota Krili for her novel Kyclamino for the harmonious pairing of history and fiction, in relation to a historical period and an environment that is almost unknown to the average modern Greek. From the first pages of the book, it becomes abundantly clear that the author has conducted extensive research into historical, political and cultural issues relating to the second half of the 19th century. She is, therefore, able to engage with issues which have been overlooked by many writers, such as the status – and oppression – of women in a rural, male-dominated society.