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With the issue at hand, In Focus commences its eleventh year in print and celebrates this milestone with a rebirth…

Despite the difficult economic conditions which the country is facing and which unavoidably affect to a great extent all state-funded, non-profit, cultural bodies, including the Cyprus PEN Centre, the editorial team of In Focus is determined to keep the magazine alive against all odds.

In this first issue of 2014, we embark upon a number of changes which aspire to refresh the magazine both in terms of content and appearance.

The changes and additions we are inaugurating here are the following:

We are introducing an entirely new section entitled HUMOUR, dedicated to humour, satire and the cartoon. Our literature, poetry, playwriting and prose, as well as our daily and periodical press, regularly feature the work of Cypriots in these important genres. In each issue we will present samples of this rich harvest of humor andsatire created by our fellow countrymen.

We inaugurate this section with the satirical poetry of the leading Cypriot exponent of the genre, Anthos Rodinis, who is best known as “Diogenis,” the pen name he had adopted for his daily column in the newspaper O Phileleftheros.

The second addition bears the title WORLDVIEW. This renews the existing section LETTERS FROM ABROAD, aiming to enrich our pages with texts, visual art or letters from foreign readers, thereby encouraging a fertile dialogue and acquaintance between Cypriot and foreign creators. It will also feature topics from world literature and art. We commence with a contribution that has come to us from Romania, specifically from the Romanian poet and publisher of the cultural magazine Contrapunct, Ioan Vieru.

The third change we are making is to our existing column CULTURAL LIFE AND ACTIVITIES,  which will feature henceforth – in addition to its regular features – cultural news and topics from the activities of Cypriots, here or abroad.

Finally, we are also venturing on a bold freshening-up of the appearance of the magazine. While retaining the same format and size, we are changing the graphics and enriching the illustrations.

We hope, dear readers, that you will find the additions and changes interesting and that you will give your practical support to our efforts by renewing your annual subscription and encouraging your friends and acquaintances to become subscribers to our magazine.

Happy reading!

Panos Ioannides
Editor in Chief, In Focus
& President of the Cyprus PEN Centre

Check out the work of Electra Varnava on In Focus

Check out the work of Electra Varnava on In Focus


November 1, 2 & 3, 2013,  in Nicosia and in Platres

ImageAn international literary festival not only defines the place and the people, its culture and creativity, but also highlights the cultural trend of the times, connecting the creative memory of yesterday to today’s reality, extending it into tomorrow.

This LOGOS International Literary Festival – inaugurated this year and hosting an important number of writers from Cyprus and abroad – set the foundations for the edition to be established  biannually, become bigger, take place in more venues, and host other art disciplines (such as dance, theatre, etc.).

Twenty three writers from thirteen countries met in Cyprus for three days, from 1 to 3 November 2013. The festival also hosted visual artists and musicians. The events in Nicosia took place at the Faneromeni Gymnasium and Square, while the ones in Platres were hosted at the Giorgos Seferis Culture Centre.

During the Festival, the invited writers promoted the importance of language through translations, the respect for one’s literary and personal identity and harmonious creative coexistence.

Festival Timetable

Friday, November 1:

Arrival of participants from abroad

Welcoming reception (evening)

Saturday, November 2:

Visits of the Byzantine churches of Troodos (morning)

Lunch at Platres

Literary events in Platres (afternoon and evening)

Sunday, November 3:

Literary events in Nicosia (all day)

The participating writers were:

AUSTRIA – Herbert Maurer

FINLAND – Jarkko Tontti

GREECE – Chrysa Spyropoulou

ISRAEL – Nissim Calderon

ITALY – Massimo Carnelos

NORWAY – Arne Østring

RUMANIA – Ruxandra Cesereanu

RUSSIA – Olga Belzer

SPAIN, Catalunya  – Manuel Forcano

SWEDEN – Cecilia Davidsson

CYPRUS – Eleni Xenou, Emilios Solomou, Giorgos Christodoulides, John Michael Mouskos, Maria Ioannou, Mona Savvidou-Theodoulou, Neshe Yashin, Nora Nadjiarian, Pambos Kouzalis

Additionally, Stephanos Stephanides (Cyprus/UK) chaired the Round Table Discussion titled “The Government of the Tongue,” while Lisa Suhair Majaj (USA/Palestine) and Gur Genç (Cyprus) coordinated the “Meet the Writers” sessions, while actress Nefeli Christodoulou read to young children from Ellie Peonidou’s books for children.

Olivios Karaolides composed music for the concert at Platres played by Annine Tsiouti (piano), Tefkros Xydas (viola) and George Georgiou (clarinet). Marios Nicolaou and Angelos Michaeloudhes (percussion) provided the musical interludes in Nicosia.

There were additionally a number of satellite events:

• A Book Fair Exhibition with the participation of Entipis Publications, Armida Publications, Moufflon Publishing and Bookshop, Parga Publications, Hellas Bookshop

•An Artists’ Books Exhibition curated by Ms Ruth Kesheshian, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Kavafis

• Screenings from the 2013 International Motion Festival, organized by the European University of Cyprus

All events were open to the public, without entrance or participation fee.

The LOGOS International Literary Festival was organized by Ideogramma (a non-profit cultural organization) that has been organizing literary events since 2006.

The Cyprus PEN Centre was instrumental in securing the participation of the Finnish writer (President of Finnish PEN). The Festival was sponsored by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the cultural Organizations NORLA (Norway) and Ramon Lull (Cataluña, Spain), and the embassies of Austria, Finland, Norway, Spain and Sweden in Cyprus. It was supported by the Nicosia Municipality, the Platres Local Authority and the Nicosia School Board together with the Faneromeni Gymnasium, Medochemie, Matrix Media and Vasilikon Winery.

Nora Hadjisotiriou & Lily Michaelides


Check out the work of artist Electra Varnava

Check out the work of artist Electra Varnava in our gallery

The work of George Constantinou on “In Focus”

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Inivitation to book presentation

Inivitation to book presentation

Invitation to the presentation of the anthology “Poetry in Poetry” edited by Mona Savvidou Theodoulou and published by the Cyprus PEN Centre.
Thursday, January 30, 7:30pm
at the Megaro Palaias Archiepiskopis