Commonwealth Writers in conversation with author Constantia Soteriou, winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2019 and translator Lina Protopapa.

Actress Daphne Alexander reads the award-winning story Death Customs.

Constantia Soteriou is an award winning author born in Nicosia. Patakis Publishers have published three of her books: 'Aishe Goes on Vacation', which received the Athens Prize for Literature, 'Voices Made of Soil', which was shortlisted for the Cyprus and Greek Literature awards, and 'Bitter Country', shortlisted for the European Union prize for Literature. In 2019 Constantia won the Commonwealth Short Story prize for her story ‘Death Customs’.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi was the overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2014. She has since published her first novel, 'Kintu', her short story collection, 'Manchester Happened' and her second novel, 'The First Woman', is out in October 2020.

Lina Protopapa lives in Nicosia, where she works as a translator and cultural critic. Her translation of ‘Death Customs’ from the Greek received the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, while her translation of Nikolas Kyriakou's ‘The Debt’ was shortlisted for the same prize in 2020.

Daphne was born in Cyprus and trained at Oxford University and LAMDA. She was cast as regular character Nadia Talianos on BBC’s “Casualty” and went on to take part in TV series “House of Saddam” (HBO/BBC), “Dream Team” (Sky One) and “The Amazing Mrs Pritchard” (BBC). Film highlights include Polanski’s film “The Ghost Writer”, Guadagnino’s “Born To Be Murdered” and Osunsanmi’s “The Fourth Kind”. She played the lead role in award-winning “The Palace” by Anthony Maras and more recently the lead role in award-winning “Siege on Liperti Street” by Stavros Pamballis. Stage highlights include “Camelot” at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield and “Hidden in the Sand” at Trafalgar Studios. She is also part of the City Stories theatre company. Voice work highlights include playing the eponymous heroine in BBC Radio 4’s continuing drama series “Modesty Blaise” and various warriors and goddesses in “Assassins Creed: The Final Odyssey”.

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