Bio

dmelicertes

I was born in Athens in 1988. After reading Greek Philology at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, I studied the MA in Writing at the University of Warwick. I live in London, where I recently finished the PhD in Creative Writing and Practice-based Research at Royal Holloway, University of London. I’m writing a novel.

My first book with the title The Giant Hunter (Ο Γιγαντοκυνηγός), children’s book for ages 8 to 12, was published in Greece in May 2017 by Patakis Publications. Find more about it here (in Greek) or here (in English).

More of my words here.


SHORT FICTION

My short story Come Again was a finalist for the 2013 Cowley Literary Award in the category of fiction.

Another of my short stories, titled The Underwear Thief and included in the anthology The Draft – Stories from the Warwick MA in Writing, was chosen, adapted and performed by Chris Lowe the Storyteller at the 2011 Warwick Words Festival.

The following video features Ali Smith and writers from Royal Holloway, University of London reading short fiction during an event in 2013.


 TRANSLATION

My first ever translation was of a short story by Santiago Roncagliolo, The Alongside Passenger, from Spanish into English and Greek.

In 2012 I translated into Greek three children’s books by author Leila RasheedThe Fantastic Diaries of Bathsheba Clarice de Trop are published in Greece by Metaixmio.
bcdtIn 2014 I translated from Greek into English the historical novel Imaret, In the Shadow of the Clock by Yannis Kalpouzos. My English translation was used for the book’s translation in Turkish (2015) and is also used alongside the Greek original for the novel’s translation in Arabic.

The novel, set between 1854 and 1882 in a Greek city in the Ottoman Empire, follows the lives of two boys, a Greek and a Turk, who are born on the same night and become milk-siblings. The Greek boy’s father is murdered; as the Greek mother’s milk dries up, her neighbour and mother of the Turkish boy breastfeeds both newborns who grow up like brothers. The book observes the turbulent years between three races co-inhabiting the same city despite their differences, featuring daily life in that era: hamams, coffee houses, dances and balls, stone throwing battles, the Ramazan, the shadow theatre, fanatical and anti-fanatical characters, excommunications, smuggling, crofters and land owners, a murder and the mystery surrounding it, Greeks, Turks and Jews, their religions and respective traditions, love, hatred, compassion for ‘the other’, rich and poor, sweet and bitter life.imaretImaret has so far sold over 100,000 copies in Greece, where it won the National Readers Award in 2009. It’s published in both Greece and Cyprus by Psichogios Publications. In Poland, Imaret, W Cieniu Zegara is published by Książkowe Klimaty Publications. In Turkey, İmaret, Saat kulesinin gölgesinde is published by Pena Yayinlari.

Imaret book trailer


PUBS

In paper:

The Giant Hunter – Ο Γιγαντοκυνηγός, children’s book (ages 8 – 12), Patakis Publishers, May 2017. 

The Underwear Thief, short story in the anthology The Draft, Ball Bearing Press 2011.

Το φανταστικό ημερολόγιο της Μπεατρίς: Ντόνατς, όνειρα και βασίλισσες του δράματος, Metaixmio 2012. Original: Leila Rasheed, Doughnuts, Dreams and Drama Queens: The Theatrical Third Diary of Bathsheba Clarice de Trop, Usborne 2009.

Το φανταστικό ημερολόγιο της Μπεατρίς: Κάλτσες, σοκ και μυστικά, Metaixmio 2012. Original: Leila Rasheed, Socks, Shocks and Secrets: The Spectacular Second Diary of Bathsheba Clarice de Trop, Usborne 2008.

Το φανταστικό ημερολόγιο της Μπεατρίς: Πατάτες, χάμπουργκερ και λιμουζίνες, Metaixmio 2012. Original: Leila Rasheed, Chips, Beans and Limousines: The Fantastic Diary of Bathsheba Clarice de Trop, Usborne 2008.

 

Online:

Let’s Never Talk about Love – short story, October 2014 issue of Creative Thresholds.

Come Again short story, finalist of the 2013 Cowley Literary Award for the category of fiction – part 1 & part 2.

 

In South Bank:

The Founders Armsglass-fronted pub with a large, heated patio overlooking the river Thames and St. Paul’s.


READINGS &c.

February 12, 2014 – Gave a presentation on the Anxieties of the Historical Novelist at RHUL.

June 7, 2013 – Read a short story in an event at RHUL which featured a reading by and discussion with author Benjamin Markovits.

May 29, 2013 – Invited and co-interviewed author Anthony Horowitz in an event that took place at RHUL.

March 23, 2013 – Read a short story in an event during Runnymede International Literary Festival at the Centre for Creative Collaboration.

January 25, 2013 – Read a short story in an event featuring Ali Smith and RHUL writers which took place in Bedford Square, London.

June 4,  2012 – Read a short story in the event Play! at The Firestation Centre for Arts & Culture in Windsor.

May 24, 2012 – Invited and co-interviewed author Howard Jacobson at Royal Holloway, University of London.

October 5, 2011 – My short story The Underwear Thief from the anthology The Draft was chosen, adapted and performed by Chris Lowe the Story Teller at the Warwick Words Festival.

June 2011 – Participated in the Warwick Writing Programme in Schools, running a series of creative writing workshops for the Year 8 additional learning needs class at Kenilworth School & Sports College.

February 3, 2011 – I invited and interviewed literary agents Catherine Clarke and Caroline Wood of Felicity Bryan Literary Agency at the University of Warwick during one of the LitBiz sessions.

September 23, 2010 – During the celebrations of 135 years of official relations between Uruguay and Greece, His Excellency Mr José Luis Pombo Morales, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Uruguay before the Hellenic Republic, delivered a lecture on the subject of the Tango of the Río de la Plata, which I translated into Greek to be read at the conference held in Piraeus Municipal Gallery.


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