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A minute with Roula Ioannidou-Stavrou Award winning poet and author of 23 books (poetry, prose, plays)

Where do you live?

In Aglantzia –Nicosia. With my husband.

Best childhood memory?
Having breakfast at my grandmother’s Maritsa

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
Italian restaurants in general. Prosciutto Tortellini with parmesan cheese….yiammm!

What food would you really turn your nose up to?
I would really turn my nose up to poultry… pfff.

What did you have for breakfast?
Tea with honey, Cyprus coffee, cream crackers and cheese.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?

Well, I can work perfectly either in the morning or in the evening. However, I like daylight, the bright sun and the blue sky of Cyprus. I hate dim light. According to this, I would class myself as a day person. Day out: A stroll with my granddaughter Christina. Night out: A night at the theatre with my daughter Niki, or at a concert with my son Demetris.

Best book ever read?
Man’s search for Meaning by Viktror Frankl. I liked both the story and the way it is presented by the author. It is so shocking that the “law of necessity” rules the whole story; it is due to that ‘law’ that Frankl’s life was saved under the Nazis’ rule and occupation, in a concentration camp! How ironical! How sad and distressing! It is amazing how the writer presents such a complex theme in a simple and accessible way. What a book!

Favourite film of all time?
The Pianist directed by R. Polanski, written by Ronald Harwood, based on a book by Wladslaw Szpilman and staring Adrien Brody. The story is similar to Frankle’s story. The pianist’s life and way of survival is parallel to Frankl’s. We see the pianist surviving the Warsaw Ghetto. I liked the way Polanski combines and puts together the cruelty of war with the power of human spirit and the talent which is a gift of God. The pianist’s life is saved but this victory is a Pyrrhic victory, since all the other members of his family died.

Favorite holiday destination? What’s your dream trip?
All my trips to the Greek islands. Dream trip: Get to know Greece’s beauties better.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Instrumental music together with English ballads of the 60s.

What is always in your fridge?
All kinds of cheese, yogurt and fresh homemade lemonade.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Could I have both? Anyway, my dream house is my house in Nicosia!

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
My old students. I’m missing them.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Give a big hug to my children and my granddaughter. Save all the children of the world with God’s help.

What is your greatest fear?
An evil eye, a poisonous tongue and a slinky person

Tell me a joke…

The funniest joke is to ask me to tell you one! However, I appreciate humour and laugh a lot with clever jokes


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