On Wednesday 4th of March, the Cyprus High Commission hosted a presentation of Lily Michaelidou’s book HIM/Ekeinos. The writer and book were introduced by John Michael Mouskos, Alev Adil and Ronis Varlaam, who praised the merits of Michaelidou’s writing and her overall contribution to the letters and literary of Cyprus and beyond. The event was attended by HE the High Commissioner of Cyprus in the UK, Mr Andreas S. Kakouris, and an international audience of friends of Cyprus and Cypriot literature.
Lily Michaelidou lives and works in Nicosia. She has published five collections of poetry: The Alchemy of Time (2001), Shapes and Roads in Relief (2003), Remembrance of a Dawn (2004), Innuendos (Ypenigmol) (2007), Arena (2014) and three collections of prose: The City Needs No Introduction (2011), Drops From the Maasai Land (2017, 2019), Him, Stories of Men (2018). Her poems have been published in newspapers and literary magazines in Cyprus and abroad and have been translated into English, French, Turkish, Italian, Serbian, Swedish, Spanish, German, and Bulgarian. Her sixth book, Arena, was on the short list for the state poetry award. It was presented in Nicosia (March 2015), in Athens (May 2015) and in Thessaloniki (December 2015). Her third collection Remembrance of a Dawn was presented at the Nehru Centre in London in May 2004. In 2013, she joined the Board of Directors of the Cyprus PEN Centre, responsible for Public and International Relations, until 2019. Since 2006, she is co-owner and director of Ideogramma, organisers of Literary Festivals and Events local and international.