Posts from year 2016
Local author Deborah Meyler announced the winners of this year's competition themed 'The Seven Deadly Sins'. All winning stories were read by the authors who perhaps for the first time ever were all present.
Dr. Emily Bilman
I have just returned from a wonderful reading of my poetry with local writers and poets in St. Petersburg on July 23, 2016. The meeting at the Peterhof Library is on YOu Tube and took two hours and a half of dialogue about poetry and the literary world in Russia and Europe and was organised by The Writers Union of St. Petersurg. Enjoy!
The idea for my project came to me when I read about the attempts that Plato made to persuade Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, to adopt a better form of government. He continued to attempt this with the tyrant’s son, also called Dionysius, when he succeeded his father. There was also a homo-erotic affair between Plato and Dion, a relative of the tyrants. I thought this would make good longish short story. In fact it grew into a novella of 22,000 words, and I felt that in the course of telling the story I had explained something of Plato’s philosophy.