Nikos Ninolakis was one of the earliest Greek-Australian writers whose works I was privileged to encounter. I became aware of his poetry in the mid-1980s, a few years after his untimely passing, when I was asked to read at an event honouring his memory. I was very moved by the themes expounded and the sensitivity that imbued them: the horror of the second World War and the subsequent Civil War in Greece, the agony of exile, the longing for his homeland, the harsh working conditions in Australia’s early mass-migratory years, the tentative affinity with a foreign land, and his quiet acceptance of the inevitability of rounding off his life in an adopted country. His words reflected my parents’ story and that of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants to the so-called Antipodes.
|Place of Publication||Melbourne Vic Australia|
|Number of pages||32|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Name||Writing the Greek Diaspora|