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Migrant Stories - Christopher Raja and Olympia Panagiotopoulos
Join us for this special preview event ahead of the 2020 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival.
This year’s festival theme is Life, Changing and in this event we’ll discuss multiculturalism in Australia, the heartbreaking choice to start a new life, the struggles in adapting to a new home and the ties that bind to a homeland.
Author Christopher Raja has written an affecting portrait of one family’s search for home, Into the Suburbs. Olympia Panagiotopoulos has written an evocative exploration of the ties that bind in her memoir of food, family and Greece, Beneath the Fig Leaves. Chris and Olympia will be joined on the panel by Panel Moderator Harriet Gaffney, award winning writer, scholar and arts administrator.

Oct 22, 2020 07:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Harriet Gaffney
Panel Chair
Harriet Gaffney is an award winning writer, scholar and arts administrator. She has an MA in Creative Writing and is currently working on a novel for her PhD. She freelances as a literary professional for festivals and organisations in Australia and beyond.
Christopher Raja
Author - Into The Suburbs
Christopher Raja is an Indian-born Australian author of short stories, essays, a play and a novel. He co-authored the play The First Garden with Natasha Raja, which was performed in botanical gardens throughout Australia and published by Currency Press in 2012. His debut novel, The Burning Elephant, was published in 2015 (Giramondo). It was written with the assistance of an Australia Council New Work grant. Christopher has been twice shortlisted for the Northern Territory Writers Centre’s Chief Minister’s Book of the Year award. He migrated from Calcutta to Melbourne in 1986, and spends his time between Melbourne and Alice Springs.
Olympia Panagiotopoulos
Author - Beneath the Fig Leaves
Born in Melbourne to Greek parents, Olympia Panagiotopoulos comes from a long line of storytellers who inspired in her a love of folklore, myths and legends. Themes of identity and belonging are central to her writing and she is a strong advocate for celebrating bold female characters – in story and in everyday life. When she is not writing, Olympia can be found tending her garden and photographing the light through the fruit trees of Sunshine, Melbourne. Her debut memoir, Beneath the Fig Leaves, is a vibrant and compelling tribute to her heritage and parents' journey.