Athens, 10 March 2016 – A warm response from the public greeted a presentation in Athens on March 7 by Anna Nikolaidis of her poetry collectionThoughts and Words (Bartzoulianos Publications).
Those who attended the gathering at Polis Art Café (Terrace Lodge Book) enjoyed a wonderful evening of entertainment and music in an ideal environment for such an event. Speeches by honorary guests, readings of poems from the anthology – in Greek and in English – and music made for a rounded programme.
Journalist and TV presenter Pelina Theodosiou was responsible for the organisation and running of the entire event, in her role as programme coordinator. The special guests who talked briefly about the book were: the poet, novelist, essayist and formerpresident of the National Writers Union, Nikos Tavoularis; the president of Philologists Association of Lefkada (Reading and Thinking Club); and literary critic, Dr Paraskevi Kopsida-Vrettos.
The second part of the programme consisted of readings. Well-known representatives of literature and arts gathered in a panel, so as to read out their favorite extracts from the collection. Ιn order of appearance, they were the writer and poet, Eva Petropoulou-Lianos; the Greek-Italian novelist Costantino Salis; and the speech training professor, Terry Siganos, who recited his favourite three poems in English. Following an expression of thanks to the coordinator of the event, an emotional short speech was given by the author herself. Mrs Nikolaidis voiced a few words about her sources of inspiration, and thanked all colleagues, partners and friends who have supported her at every step of the way in her career.
The closing part of the event included a performance by the renowned artists, singer Dimitris Vozaitis accompanied on piano by Fotis Mantzaridis.