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Poetry and illustrations know no boundaries

This Monday night, poetry and art will come together in a dynamic manner to show how the arts can inspire and unite.

At Gallery Gloria in Nicosia, where the solo exhibition by Hara Savvidou entitled Meshing Around is being displayed, the poetry selection Rose Falling into Night by Nese Yasin will be launched. The book of poetry is illustrated by Savvidou.

Starting at 7.30pm, Yasin will read some of her poems while the original illustrations will be presented as part of the ongoing art exhibition.

Savvidou studied sculpture at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts Nikolai Pavlovitch in Sofia. She has exhibited sculptures, paintings and site-specific installations in various group exhibitions and has also organised group exhibitions, workshops and art events as the head of Cyprus Chamber of Arts (EKATE) and as a member of bi-communal groups.

The poems within the book, to be read at the event, are from Yasin’s published books Doors, The Moon is Made of Love, Chambers of Memory and Chilling Birds.

Yasin is well known and read on both sides of the island. From Nicosia, and the daughter of the accomplished poet and author Ozker Yasin, she studied Sociology at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and is currently teaching language and literature at the Turkish Studies department of the University of Cyprus.

She is a peace activist and member of the Cyprus Conflict Resolution Trainers Group and writes weekly columns for the Yeniduzen newspaper.

The poet and columnist mainly writes in Turkish, although a considerable number of her works of prose have been translated into Greek and English.

She has published seven volumes of poetry, which are Hyacinth and Narcissus in 1979, Tears of Wars in 1980, Doors in 1992, The Moon is Made of Love in 2000, Chambers of Memory in 2005, Selected poems in 2008 and Chilling Birds in 2016. Her novel Secret History of Sad Girls was published in 2002 and her research book Remembering through Poetry in 2013. Her poetry has been translated into more than 30 languages and has been published in literary magazines and anthologies in numerous countries. She has participated in poetry festivals and readings around the world. Among other awards she received the Anthias Pierides Award in 1998.

Her poem Which Half?, which she wrote at the age of 17, became the lyrics for the song, of the same name, composed by the Greek Cypriot composer Marios Tokas. This song is an icon of identity and an unofficial anthem for a united Cyprus.

Rose Falling into Night
Poetry book presentation by Nese Yasin with illustrations by Hara Savvidou. November 28. Gallery Gloria, 3 Zinonos Sozou Street, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Tel: 22-762605

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