Australia Council pays tribute to Dimitris Tsaloumas

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Thursday 11 February 2016.

The Australia Council for the Arts wishes to acknowledge the passing of award-winning poet Dimitris Tsaloumas and express its deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Born in Greece in 1921, Mr Tsaloumas migrated to Australia in 1952 due to political persecution, and didn’t start writing again until 1974.

He wrote in Greek and English, with his first English selection, The Observatory, translated by Philip Grundy, being published in 1983. Since then eight collections have been published in English and three more in Greek and English.

He won a National Book Council award for The Observatory and was a recipient of the Patrick White award, and the Australia Council’s Writers’ Emeritus Award in 2001.