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Nora Nadjarian

Nicosia, Cyprus


Nora Nadjarian is an award-winning Cypriot poet and writer. She has published three collections of poetry: The Voice at the Top of the Stairs (2001), Cleft in Twain (2003) and 25 Ways to Kiss a Man (2004). Cleft in Twain was cited by The Guardian in an article on the literature of the new European Union member states in 2004. Her work has been translated into German, Hungarian, Dutch, Czech, Maltese, Arabic and Turkish, and has appeared online and in journals in the UK, USA, Australia and elsewhere.

In addition to having published three books of short stories, Ledra Street (2006), Girl, Wolf, Bones (2011) and Selfie (2017), she has also won prizes and commendations in international competitions, including the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition, the Binnacle International Ultra-Short Competition and the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. Her story “Sparrow” appeared in the Irish Times and one of her poems was included in A River of Stories, an anthology of tales and poems from across the Commonwealth, illustrated by Jan Pieńkowski.

Other publications include a bilingual English-German edition of selected poems (Hochroth) and inclusion in the anthologies Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press), Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011) and Capitals (Bloomsbury, 2017)

She has also infused her fiction with art and/or photography. She is the creator of the video art entitled My Face Is My Own (2010), where text and photographs map the cartography of human faces picked at random from the streets of Cyprus. She worked with the artist Nicolas Panayi in his work “Ten Seas,” where two monitors projected close-ups of her lips reciting the text of her poetry, emerging through Panayi’s photographic images of the melancholic landscape (Zygi). In 2011 she took part in The Fiction Project with her work It Touches Everything, a book of hand-made pages of short stories and collages. It went on tour in the United States and is now archived in the Brooklyn Art Library’s collection.

Her work was included in an anthology of poetry in honour of “The International Day of Happiness” distributed on 20 March 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Her poem ‘Refugee’ was selected to represent Cyprus within the framework of EU2016, in the poetry project ‘In European Poetry I want to live’ (Amsterdam, May 2016).

She wrote and performed Tempus Fugit, a series of Cyprus-based memory monologues at the Sardam Experimental Literature Festival in Limassol and Nicosia, Cyprus (October 2016). Her short play Mermaid was performed at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London (May 2017).

Nora Nadjarian has led creative writing workshops in English and Greek at schools and universities in Cyprus and abroad.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Selfie and Other Stories