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My new collection Echoing, an eight-part poetic response to the natural world and the art of Aurélie Freoua, published by Ampersand Publishing, initially started life as a commission for an event called Erratic Scores (see that night’s performance here). The event was hosted at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston and organised by poet, artist, and translator Iris Colomb, who also worked with me to translate some recently published short stories by the French writer Guillaume Apollinaire, also available from Ampersand Publishing. (More on that in another post!) Echoing has changed a lot since then, but it is still fundamentally…


A highly recommended shelving tactic for quickly creating class consciousness in your community.

In the era of Trump and Brexit, where the very notion of the truth is being threatened, being informed has become a desperate necessity. This is particularly worrying to me as a bookseller.

Trump is fighting against the informed. He is attempting to crush them with the sheer abundance of racist, misogynistic, and anti-ecological executive orders and actions that he has carried out in the first few days of his presidency.

This is an obfuscatory tactic to overload the public with information so that they cannot comprehend the reality of the situation, and the true implications of his actions. The…


This year’s Poetry Fair at Conway Hall, near Holborn Station, was a riotous display of both the quality of current independent poetry publications, as well as the community that supports them. Between the hours of 10am-5pm, swathes of readers and writers involved in the London poetry scene descended upon Red Lion Square to celebrate a year in poetry, to listen to performers read their work, and to empty their wallets at the many book stalls that filled the main hall.

The Free Verse Poetry Fair manages to strike an extraordinary balance by exhibiting both established publishing houses and nascent printing…


This week I want to take a look at a theme that is close to my own experience of reading. It is also quite contentious amongst certain readers: Marginalia. My voracious underlining, highlighting and note-taking has attracted much criticism from fellow readers, to the point where people consider me as a sort of literary vandal. Why?

I contend that marginalia positively affects the way in which we read and even write.

Objects of reverence

Annotation is equated with vandalism because the Book is considered an object of reverence. For various reasons, it is meant to be protected and to be kept in its…


After purchasing some cheap local editions of poetry at a Greek book fair, I was startled, upon opening the books in my bag to check out my new purchases, that their pages were still stuck together. British reader, meet old-school economy publishing.

As a youngster, accustomed to neatly presented — and therefore more expensive- publications, I’d never needed to cut a book open before. The very act seemed daring, quaint, even slightly poetic: at the risk of damaging the author’s handiwork, one had to go through the slow, meditative task of slicing open the pages with a letter-opener to let…


Jacques Lacan.

“After what I just put on the board, you may think you know everything. Don’t.” — Lacan, A love letter, Seminar XX (Encore)

The university experience, most specifically for humanity students in this day and age, can be a castrating experience. The castration occurs both within the University, as we struggle to write papers whilst fearing deep down that really we know nothing, struggling for a piece of paper and prestige that could potentially give us a job, as well as outside the University, degree in hand, when we realise that the jobs we ideally sought don’t exist. I single…


I recently got into a verbal fight with a member of one of the Greek anti-capitalist, radical-left parties on the subject of how a left party should organise itself in times of crisis. As far as crises go, the Greek economic crisis is a paradigmatic example of how bad a country’s situation can get, and so far, the left-bloc ANTARSYA has made a concrete effort in amassing a popular base that responds to a spectrum of needs across diverse demographics. It has the ‘Unite against Fascism’ organisation KEERFA, which co-operates with various other organisations which represent migrant and refugee populations…


(Αυτό το κείμενο προέρχεται από μία ομιλία που δόθηκε την 10/6/2015 σε συμμετοχή με ένα μαρξιστικό φόρουμ. Όλες οι μεταφράσεις των αποσπάσματων που χρησιμοποιούνται μέσα στο κείμενο είναι οι δικές μου.)

«Οι δραστηριότητες του χώρου πλέκουν βασικά τις καθοριστικές συνθήκες της κοινωνικής ζωής.» Michel de Certeau, L’Invention du quotidien

«Ότι έχει αποδειχτεί μέχρι τώρα, τότε απλώς μόνο το είχαν φανταστεί.» William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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Θα ήθελα να ξεκινήσω αυτήν την ομιλία λέγοντάς σας ότι αυτό το δοκίμιο είναι απλώς ένα θεωριτικό σκιαγράφημα των ιδέων μου, σχετικά…


On the politics of Je Suis Charlie and satire, the march, why we need to decide what ‘free speech’ and ‘satire’ mean, and, most importantly: Why are we not writing about Boko Haram and Raif Badawi?

In Albert Camus’ novel La Chute (The Fall, 1956), a narrator, obsessed with power and dominance over others, sends himself into exile in Amsterdam and tells a man, the analogue for the reader, his story. He tells us about how he saw a girl commit suicide by jumping off a bridge, and then how he uncontrollably falls over, eliciting laughter from members of the…


For those who have been following this blog, I must apologise for the incredibly long silence that I’ve kept here since my last article. I have been kept incredibly busy by my year abroad. Aside from working as an English teacher, I have been focusing a lot of my energy on my poetry, as well as my short stories. The story I present here is one of the most recent stories that I have been working on. Why have I put it on my feminist & queer theory blog? In a sense, I think that the writing of fiction is…

Left Hand Reading

Elliot Koubis’ blog. Poet, translator, and masters student of Greek literature. Here are my jottings on reading and writing.

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