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BYRON: A Lord’s Monologue

9 May 2024
6.00pm – 8.00pm AEST
UNSW E19 Pat O'Shane, G04
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Statue of two figures against tree tops and blue sky

Come to this event to hear about the Greek legacy of the great English romantic poet Lord Byron from author, poet and artist, Stella Sorotou and from Dr Vassilis Adrahtas, Convenor of Greek Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW.

2024 marks the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron's death. Lord Byron was a renowned British Romantic poet and a significant figure in modern Greek history due to his involvement in the Greek War of Independence in 1821.

To commemorate his legacy, Ms. Stella Sorotou, an esteemed educator, writer, and artist in the Greek Australian community, has published a book titled Byron: A Lord's Monologue. A Poetic and Iconographic Journey combined with her art-paintings.

This is an in-person only event and attendance is free to the public. Please register your interest by reserving a ticket here.

Stella Sorotou

Stella Sorotou

Founder of the DIDAS Art and Language Centre

Stella Sorotou is a teacher and artist (painter, poet, and writer). She has published her first Poetic and Iconographic Collection, Right to a Homeland (2023) and the literacy book, Elia (2016). She publishes articles of educational and philosophical content and is the founder of DIDAS Art & Language Centre, which organises art workshops, exhibitions, book launches and cultural events. She participates in international conferences and gives lectures in Australia and Greece.

In 2023, on World Women's Day, she was honored by the Organisation Writers Capital International Foundation for her outstanding achievements and contributions that inspire other women and young girls around the world!

Vassilios Adrahtas

Vassilios Adrahtas

UNSW School of Humanities and Languages

Dr Vassilios Adrahtas holds a PhD in Indigenous Studies from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Sociology from Panteion University, Athens. He has taught at several universities both in Australia and overseas, while since 2014 he has been teaching ancient Greek myth at UNSW. Currently he is the Convenor of Greek Studies at UNSW. He has published ten books, and numerous articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. Since 2010 he lives in Sydney, his birthplace, with his wife and two children.

Eleni Cole

Eleni Cole

Presenter and Master of Ceremonies

Eleni Cole is a second-year undergraduate student at UNSW, currently studying a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Bachelor of Media (Screen and Sound Production) (BMedia). She is in the University orchestra, playing the cello and is also a member of UNSW’s Film Production Society. Eleni is a student of Stella Sortorou at St George Church, Rose Bay where she has been learning Greek with her Mother and Grandmother. For Eleni, learning Greek has not only been extremely interesting from an etymological and linguistic point of view, but also as a way to connect with her Greek heritage and spend time with family.