Maria Hadjipavlou | BIO

Maria Hadjipavlou has been an associate professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus (1995-2013). She is a feminist, and conflict resolution scholar/practitioner. She has founded or co-founded many non-governmental organizations and promoted reconciliation and peace across the divides in Cyprus. As a gender and conflict resolution trainer for UNFPA trained women in Afghanistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Bratislava on gender issues and conflict resolution.

She has published in academic journals and edited books in the areas of conflict resolution, the Cyprus conflict, women and peace, ethnic stereotypes, the ‘crossings’ across the divide, women and migration, feminism, gender and 1325. Her book, Women and Change in Cyprus: Feminisms, and Gender in Conflict.(I.B. Tauris,2010) is used widely.

She is a member of various international associations, Cypriot NGOs and of the Cyprus Technical Committee on Gender Equality which promotes the integration of a gender perspective in the Cyprus peace negotiations and the future federal constitution.

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Oya Akin | BIO

Oya Akin  is a London born (1975) Cypriot actor, director, educator, facilitator, translator, peace activist, mum. Since 2003, she has taken part collaborated and/or led more than 100 bicommunal, multi communal, multilingual, multicultural theater, feature-short-documentary-tv film, literature and peace education projects.

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Ruzen Atakan | BIO

Ruzen Atakan was born in Cyprus in 1966 in Louroujina village. Since graduating from Ankara Gazi University Department of Painting she continued her professional artwork. She has joined a large number of bi-communal activities before and after 2003. She was among a number of Cypriot artists who participated in mixed exhibitions in Sweden, Austria, England and France. She has a great interested in the visual expression of Cyprus and Cypriots through her artwork. In addition to her personal and joined exhibitions, she also illustrated a few poetry and storybooks. She is a member of the Culture and Art Technical Committee, formed in 2015 with the initiative of the two Cypriot leaders Mustafa Akıncı and Nikos Anastasiades.

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Nora Nadjarian | BIO

Nora Nadjarian is an award-winning Cypriot poet and short story 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 poetry has been translated into German, Czech, Maltese, Arabic and Turkish.

In addition to a book of short stories, Ledra Street (2006), her work has been published online and in journals in the UK, USA, Australia and elsewhere. She has also won prizes and commendations at 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.

Other publications include a bilingual English-German edition of selected poems (Hochroth) and inclusion in two prestigious anthologies: Best European Fiction (Dalkey Archive Press, 2011) and Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011).

Her second book of short stories Girl, Wolf, Bones was published by Folded Word (USA) in 2011 and the story “Sparrow” appeared in the Irish Times. 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.

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Neşe Yaşın | BIO

Neşe Yaşın was born in 1959 in Cyprus. She is a poet well known and read on both sides of divided Cyprus. Her poem called “Which Half?” that she wrote at the age of 17 was composed by the Greek Cypriot composer Marios Tokas and became an icon of identity, an unofficial anthem for a united Cyprus.

She has published eight volumes of poetry, one novel and a research book on literature. Selections from her poetry has been translated to more than 30 languages, published in literary magazines and anthologies in different counties. A selection from her poems have been published in English translation with the title “Rose Falling Into Night”. She has participated in poetry festivals and readings around the world. Among others she has received the Anthias Pierides Award in 1998.

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