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An Embroidery of Old Maps and New


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From Bondi to Kyrenia Arrival Refugee Aerobics Land Mines Heavy Knock Knock Kostakias Harvest Woes Looping the Waves Making Lace Night Shift Crescendo The Weed Eaters The Good Citizens of Melbourne Incident in Aisle 5 Kostakias signature Fatigue Inner sense An Extra-curricular Assessment The English Missionary Kinaesthetic Grace Coburg When Coburg Lake became a Kyrenia Wedding When the Hills Hoist became the Wishing-tree Outskirts The Quadrangle of Dreams To Identify the Apostate Goddess Nike Somewhere Overseas The Colour Chase Shanker Hotel, New Delhi, 1991: How to Drape a Saree' Bhagwanlila Exports, Varanasi, India The Summit of Choice Travel with a cowardas heart Abduction Calling Good Night Frontline is swimming in my KeepCup Australia visits Minnesota Regulation The Daily Commute Father Homework The Guest Shelter After Dinner Diagnoses Remission 2020 Ocean View Abundance Supplementary notes Acknowledgements.

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Angela Costi is known as Aggeliki Kosti among the Cypriot-Greek diaspora. She is a graduate of both Law and Professional Writing and Editing, and works as a lawyer and community artist with a focus on social justice issues. Since 1994, Angela's poetry, stories, plays, essays and reviews, with travel and migration at their heart, have been widely published nationally and internationally. In 1995, she received an award from the Australian National Languages and Literacy Board to study Ancient Drama in Greece. In 2009, she travelled to Japan with support from the Australian Council to work on an international collaboration with the Stringraphy Ensemble. In Cyprus, Angela's maternal grandmother skilfully created the renowned Lefkarathika embroidery. However, both her parents left Cyprus for Australia to escape poverty, civil unrest and imminent war. These experiences have inspired An Embroidery of Old Maps and New, her fifth poetry collection.


These powerful, poignant poems embody the experience of generations of women, the dignity of their labour, their affirmation of life as a journey into uncharted realms, where they must adapt their skills to sustain their children in an unfamiliar culture: a challenge to be embraced wholeheartedly, bodily. The thread of a unique Greek-Cypriot embroidery tradition morphs into the thread of language celebrating the continuity and manifold richness of life in fluid, intricate patterns of ancestry and migration, the eloquence of words, hands, thread. -Jena Woodhouse. News from the Village: Travels in Rural Greece Angela Costi threads the colours and textures of heart and humanity through fabric drawn across geographies. Cut from one cloth, she stitches complexity of journey, place and people. Now and then. Anchored and looping. Her yarn and needle weave a taut finely detailed tapestry. This braid of head, heart and hand is to be treasured, passed on, a witness to events that must not be disappeared. -- berni m. janssen, author between wind and water (in a vulnerable place)

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