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BUTTONED-UP SHAPES BOOK LAUNCH

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THE LAUNCH

George Tardios is one of the most important Greek-Cypriot poets writing today. A literary figure in the UK, his work is not so well known in Cyprus. Buttoned-Up Shapes is Tardios’ first book of poems to be translated into Greek. The collection was published by Armida Publications and Write CY with cover photography by Nicos Philippou, and translated into Greek by Despina Pirketti. The official book launch is happening at Point Centre for Contemporary Art at 6PM on Sunday 8 October 2017, where Tardios will be available for a Q&A and book signing. Stavros Karayanni will give a brief introduction to Tardios’ poetry. Buttoned-Up Shapes was printed in a limited run. Pre-order your copy today and save 10%. 

His poetry leaves me with a very sharp brightly-lit memory. It’s a language of images—which works in an intricate way without intrusive cleverness. There’s an economy of sure phrases and radiance. He’s an artist.
— Ted Hughes on George Tardios

RECENT ARTICLES ON GEORGE TARDIOS
THE NOSTALGIC EXILE

PUBLISHED IN WRITE CY STORIES 29 AUGUST 2017

George Tardios still speaks the same Cypriot he was speaking when he was seven, the day he visited his grandmother for the first time in Varosha in 1951 and she promised to will him her brothel.

The memory is as vivid as zivania on a paper cut. Tardios needed a shot of the hard stuff before he sat in front of the camera and started to talk about it sixty years later when we met with writer Stavros Karayanni and publisher Haris Ioannides to catch some of Tardios' stories on video.


AN INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE TARDIOS

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George Tardios talks to Stavros Karayanni about his life as a poet in this short interview to celebrate the publication of the bilingual edition of Buttoned-Up Shapes, Tardios' first book of poems to be translated into Greek. Recorded in Kaimakli, Nicosia on 11 July 2017.


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