Anthony performs from his new poetry collection 'After the Formalities'.

Sardam artistic director, Maria A. Ioannou, in conversation with UK Cypriot poet Anthony Anaxagorou, presenting the upcoming online literature festival MIXTAPE.

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, New Statesman, Granta, and elsewhere. His work has also appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts.

His second collection “After the Formalities” published with Penned in the Margins is a Poetry Book Society recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2019 T.S Eliot Prize. It was also a Telegraph and Guardian poetry book of the year.

He was awarded the 2019 H-100 Award for writing and publishing, and the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award for his poetry and fiction. In 2019 he was made an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton. Anthony is artistic director of Out-Spoken, a monthly poetry and music night held at London’s Southbank Centre, and publisher of Out-Spoken Press.

Maria A. Ioannou is an award-winning writer, creative writing tutor and festival organiser (SARDAM festival) based in Cyprus. She studied English literature and 20th-century literature (BA University of Reading, MA King’s College London) and she holds a PhD in Creative Writing (University of Winchester). In 2019, she received the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award. She has published two short fiction collections ('The gigantic fall of an eyelash', Gabrielides Publishing 2011 – Emerging Writer State Prize, Cauldron, Nefeli Publishing 2015 – shortlisted for the Young Writer Award by the Greek magazine Klepsydra / Enastron). In 2019, she published the children’s book 'The jug and the fly' (Patakis Publishing, illustrations by Philippos Theodorides) and her short fiction “Pillars” was nominated by SAND magazine in Berlin to be included in the anthology Best Small Fictions (USA).

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The Cyprus High Commission in the UK celebrates the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus with a series of online cultural events in collaboration with Cypriot and British academic and cultural institutions, showcasing Cyprus’s cultural heritage as well as contemporary Cypriot culture. Join us for a week of concerts, performances, webinars, interviews, panel discussions, live streamings and film premieres.