Reinventing myself as a person, as a writer

I am a storyteller by birth. I am also a born traveler.  I was born in Athens, Greece.
My grand-parents from my father’s side arrived in Athens in 1922 refugees from Ismir, Smyrna, Asia Minor with another more than a million people.
In my surname ‘Saml-oglou’ is inscribed the murmur of the Mediterrannean sea.

Some people from my family tree have immigrated to America. Others traded with many countries and lived temporarily there.

It is to my father that I owe my surname, with the ending ‘-oglou’ (means ‘child’) a constant reminder of a tendency or predisposition children and artists share, to invent through playing, to stay curious…
Like my father I became an ardent traveler and a cinema goer.

The most exciting traveling I have done so far were to Africa, to China and to New York. The most frequent destination are the Greek islands.
The longest stay abroad has been in UK following a scheme of study in Literature – Theory and Practice of Literary Translation in the School of Comparative Studies that led to my degree of Master of Arts (with distinction) from the University of Essex  (December 11, 1985).
The dissertation I submitted includes: a Chapter ‘On Translating Plays’ (iv-xviii) with Bibliography (pp. 110-112); a critical presentation on the contribution of the eminent Greek playwright Iacovos Kambanellis to the threatre & language (pp. xix-xxxxiii); ‘the translation for performance’ of the play The Four Legs of the Table by Iacovos Kambanellis from the Greek original Τα Τέσσερα Πόδια του Τραπεζιού (pages 1 -97) with notes (pages 98-112).

To dive deeper in literature I have translated prose from English into Greek:
Patricia Dunker’ s novel  Hallucinating Foucault, Editions Travlos,1999 – Katherine Mansfield’ s short stories in Something Childish but so Natural, Editions Pataki, 1998 – Jayne Anne Phillips’ novel Machine Dreams, Editions Estia,1988.
My Translation/Adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s play Night and Day was produced and broadcasted  by the Greek National Radio (ERT), on November 30th 1986.

All these years I was mainly engaged in enterpreneurial activities with emphasis in Marketing. I published and edited the commercial periodical Dental Fm which reached the Greek dental community, dentists, dental labs, uninterrupted for 10 years (1994-2003).

A decade ago I left the business world to reinvent myself and continue learning and traveling. To continue growing and relating with the broader world.

Being a passionate reader and writer from my youth it was time to appear in Greek letters with my own collection of short stories and novellas under the title The City with the Bachelors, ‘Η ΠΟΛΗ ΜΕ ΤΟΥΣ ΕΡΓΕΝΗΔΕΣ’ published in 2005, by Editions Ellinika Grammata, Athens, Greece.

I have never stopped my other sort of travelling through the visual arts, through painting, photography, films and theater. To better understand these languages I continue participating in seminars, workshops, lectures.

To my beloved urban environment a new passion has recently led me to explore the beauty of landscapes, to appreciate the art of gardening, home interiors, food,
my mother’ s inheritance.
My increasing awareness on Health, Ecology, Environment engage me in relevant Causes.

I like to think that I will continue to sense life as an explorer, a walker, a swimmer and a traveler in interrelation with the greater world and alert by the fact that I am affected as much as everybody by ‘the theory of chaos’.
I do my best to stay healthy, to care and to focus on the good and the harmony of this world.

My novel The Second Home, is in search of a home to be born!
The setting that inspired me is my favorite Greek island. Part of the novel is set in the city of Athens, when Greece was at the verge of crisis, but nobody suspected.
It is not published yet, but you will be the first to know it, if you like my blog and keep returning….

Lisa

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