Chrysanthi Diasinos’ work about the Pontic Greek dialect shortlisted in the Calibre Essay Prize

Chrysanthi Diasinos has been shortlisted in the Calibre Essay Prize for her creative work titled ‘Οι παρχαρομάνες και το χρυσόραμμαν.’

The news was made public on Greek Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), where Chrysanthi is an undergraduate student studying a Bachelor of Arts / Education (Secondary).

In a statement, Chrysanthi said her essay is about her “desire to learn the Pontic Greek dialect of my ancestors, here in our Australian home.”

“…my thought was that if I could learn the language of these Pontian ancestors of mine, I might be closer to adopting their Micrasiatic phronema (their way of thinking and being),” the proud Pontian youth added.

The Calibre Essay Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new essay and is worth $7,500. This year’s prize went to distinguished classical musician, Simon Tedeschi, for his essay ‘This Woman My Grandmother.’


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