Elli Peonidou

Elli Peonidou

 

Cyprus

 

Elli Peonidou has collaborated with various newspapers and magazines in Cyprus and Greece and has published around thirty books, including poetry, novels and books for children and young adults. She has also written literary reviews and articles, and her writings for children have been broadcast on radio and television in the form of puppet theatre.

Peonidou writes on a variety of subjects. Humour and imagination prevail in her stories for very young children and the texts are often interspersed with rhyming verse. The main element in almost all Peonidou’s work, however, is the concern over the destruction of the environment.

Elli Peonidou has been awarded the Cyprus State Prize for literature on a number of occasions and has won many other awards and literary honours. She is a member of the International Association of Literary Critics, the Association of Writers of Greece and Cyprus, PEN and the Children’s Book Association, and she has been a member of the International Jury for the Neustadt Prize for literature sponsored by the University of Oklahoma.