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EKPHRASIS WORKSHOP

EKPHRASIS: RESPONDING TO IMAGES WITH WORDS
INSTRUCTOR: DR. IRINI SAVVIDES
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
COST: €20

In this 3-hour workshop with award-winning Young Adult author Dr. Irini Savvides, we'll be exploring the idea of "ekphrasis", or responding to images with words. Using the work of Anne Zahalka, who photographs artists’ worktables, and Robyn Stacey’s photographs of hotel rooms from the Constructed Worlds Exhibition (Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Abbotsleigh, Australia, 2015), we'll practice weaving image to text in simple, practical steps to create short stories. Participants will write their own work in response to a piece of art they choose and then we'll workshop the writing as a group.

This workshop has 10 spots. Please sign up only if you know you'll be able to attend. If you register and for any reason can't attend, we ask that you let us know AT LEAST 3 DAYS before the event so we can give your spot to someone else who wants it.


Irini Savvides is an award winning published Young Adult author. Her first novel WILLOW TREE AND OLIVE, received several awards including a White Raven in Bologona in 2002, and she was named one of the finalists in the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year Award. Her second novel, SKY LEGS won the 2004 Peace Award. Other titles include: A MARATHON OF HER OWN, ALIKI SAYS, and a verse novel AGAINST THE TIDE. Her picture book HIDE AND SEEK was translated into Japanese and sent to child tsunami survivors. She was a judge for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (2014-16) in the Young Adult and Children’s sections.

Irini Savvides was awarded her PhD in 2013 with the Writing and Society Group at the University of Western Sydney. Entitled ‘Harvesting Sophia - Re-Imagining the Cyprus Problem’ the PhD was a hybrid thesis. It involved an exegetical work on six contemporary female Cypriots Poets and a novel that spanned three decades. Currently she is undertaking a mentorship with Dr Kathryn Heyman at The Faber Academy to rework the novel (working title NO MAN'S LAND.)

She works at Abbotsleigh School as an English teacher. She has also recently taught ‘English 1Y’ at UWS to Masters Students - a Methodology Course in teaching Creative Writing to Students. She is a presenter for the AIS, ETA and has presented internationally at various writers’ festivals and academic conferences (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Tasmania, New Zealand).