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Gower St Presents: An Evening with Polis Loizou and Phoenix Alexander

Tuesday 24th May 2022
18:30 - 19:45 at Waterstones, London - Gower Street

Join us for an evening with author and storyteller Polis Loizou who will be performing live readings from his latest novella A Good Year (Fairlight Moderns) and talking to writer and scholar Phoenix Alexander about his work.

Set in 1925 in rural Cyprus, Polis Loizou's latest work A Good Year is a novel beautifully rich in its evocation of the sights, smells and sounds of Cyprus itself, and wonderful in its exploration of humanity's dreams and relationship to superstitions.

The twelve days of Christmas are beginning – the time when, according to local folklore, creatures known as kalikantzari come up from Hell to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, her husband Loukas has troubles of his own. Struggling with dreams and desires he doesn’t understand, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to an Englishman, a newcomer to the island. In a village wreathed in superstition, Despo and Loukas must protect themselves and their unborn child from ominous forces at play.

Come and meet Polis and Phoenix, both former Waterstones Gower St Booksellers! Do include a book with your ticket. Books will also be available to purchase on the night!


Polis Loizou is a novelist, playwright, filmmaker and performance storyteller. Born and raised in Cyprus, he moved to the UK in 2001. His debut novel Disbanded Kingdom was published by Cloud Lodge Books in 2018 and went on to be longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His second novel, The Way it Breaks, was published in 2021. His short stories and creative non-fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. Having co-founded an award-winning theatre troupe, with which he has toured the UK festival circuit, Polis has delved deeper into the world of folk storytelling to perform a couple of acclaimed solo shows. Polis currently lives in Nottingham with his husband and cats.

Phoenix Alexander is a queer, Greek-Cypriot scholar and writer of science fiction himself. His work has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Safundi: the Journal of South African and American Studies, and Science Fiction Studies. He is a full member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), and is serving as a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for 2022. He was also a judge for the 2021 award.

London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Tuesday 24th May 2022
18:30 - 19:45
£11 Book and Ticket
£7 General Admission / £5 Student Ticket

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