Author Event: Poli Tataraki & Michael Winters

Poli Tataraki and Michael Winters

Glenelg Libraries will welcome Poli Tataraki and Michael Winters to the Portland Library on Thursday 13 June for a special Libraries After Dark Author Event. Poli and Michael have collaborated to create Into the Moonlit Village, a bilingual (English and Greek) book of poetry focusing on the Battle of Crete, featuring linocuts printed by Michael in 2004 at a printmaking workshop at the Julia Street Creative Space in Portland.

While many have written about this epic battle of World War II, none have attempted this particular kind of distillation. Strange phenomena co-exist in the ancient landscape: Homer and Hitler, shepherds and paratroops, frescoes, fishing boats and HMS destroyers.

In this setting, the exhausted and under-equipped Australian soldiers seem to be coming of age under the benign gaze of the Bull, transplanted into an ancient land to fight against a brutal cutting-edge technology. Acutely aware of the paradoxes it takes on, Into the Moonlit Village simultaneously commemorates, laments, informs, honours, beseeches, and deplores.

This is a book that will serve equally well as an introduction to the Battle of Crete, or as an extension for the seasoned reader looking to be surprised by something completely unprecedented.


  • Thursday, 13 June 2024 | 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM


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