On January 30th and 31st presentations were held in Nicosia and Limassol respectively of the monumental anthology published by the Cyprus PEN Centre “Poetry in Poetry.” 

The volume was edited by the poet, prose writer, anthologist, and general secretary of the Cyprus PEN, Mona Savvidou-Theodoulou.

In his address at the event on January 30th in Nicosia, the president of the Cyprus PEN, Mr. Panos Ioannides, said inter alia:

“The anthology, which we are presenting here tonight, is the product of love, knowledge and labour. 

It is the product of the life-long love of literature, and especially of poetry, of the distinguished poet, prose writer, anthologist and educator, Mona Savvidou Theodoulou. 

It is a product of a profound and comprehensive knowledge of Cypriot literature. 

Finally, it is the product of many years of reasearching, locating and gathering the enormous amount of material on the topic of poetry that Cypriot poets have produced.” 


September issue of “In Focus” on stands soon!

The September issue of In Focus will be available soon. It features in the gallery and the cover the work of Andreas Tomblin.
POETRY • Yiorgos Moleskis Marios Stilianakis
GALLERY Showcase of the art of Andreas Tomblin
Biograhical note • “What it Wasn’t and What is. Painting is to the Eye What Music is to the Ear” by Thereza Lanitis Spanos
ESSAY  “Poetry In Poetry: Introduction to the Anthology” by Mona Savvidou Theodoulou
TRAVELOGUE • “In the Palms of Barcelona” by Lily Michaelides
PROSE “Koombacha” by George Solomou “The Therabeftis (The Healer”) by Collette Ioannidou “I Want You to Take Me There Where Everything Is Nice” by Maria Olymbiou
INTERVIEW Nissim Calderon speaks to Lily Michaelides



“Especially rich is the issue at hand, our last for this year. In the following pages we host poetry, prose, essays, painting, extensive studies, and a diachronic presentation of the Cultural Festival of the University of Cyprus.

As promised, in this issue we begin to present material from the Symposium  that was organized, to great success, by our Centre in May of this year at the mountain village of Pedhoulas, on the theme Eros in Cypriot Literature and Art.

We present the study by Christodoulos Kallinos Love and Beauty in the Painting of Yiorgos Kotsonis, and dedicate our gallery to the work of the Paphian artist.We also present two extensive studies by Yiorgos Moleskis and Emilios Solomos on the themes Eros in the Dialectal Poetry of Cyprus  and Love as a Theme in Cypriot Proserespectively.

Upcoming issues will feature more contributions on the same topic, as presented at the Pedhoulas Symposium.

The poetry section features an anthology of works by Nasa Patapiou along with some of her thoughts on writing poetry in a short text entitled Only By Way of Sorrow.

The prose section features a short story by Eleni Artemiou-Photiadou, and three vignettes by Agis Paikos, who is contributing to In Focus for the first time.

Important and key to this issue is the interview with Professor Michalis Pieris, who, for fifteen years, has been the heart, soul, and tireless organizer of the Cultural Festival of the University of Cyprus, which is held at an old mansion on Axiothea Street in Nicosia, and of THEPAK, the University’s Theatre Workshop.”

– Panos Ioannides, Editor In Chief