Melissa Hekkers

Melissa Hekkers is a freelance journalist and creative writer, who has frequently been featured in mainstream news outlets and other publications in Cyprus. Recently, she has been focusing on developing her writing, promoting her own books and teaching creative writing to children and adults. Her most recent publication (2017)—My Akamas Mandala—which is the second in a series, is a colouring book inspired by the variety of endemic plants found on the Akamas Peninsula. In 2016, she published My Nicosia Mandala, the first of the above series, an innovative, interactive colouring book about the historic fortifications of the old town of Nicosia. Melissa also focuses on silenced communities in Cyprus: she writes about migrants, both as a reporter and a features writer; profiles them and teaches them creative writing skills. In 2007, soon after graduating with a Communications degree, she published her first children’s book in both English and Greek entitled Crocodile, which won the Cyprus State Illustration Award. In 2012, she launched her second children’s book Flying across Red Skies (in English and Greek), using an experimental approach to literature, for which she was nominated for the Cyprus State Literary award. Her third, similarly well-received children’s book was Pupa (Greek and English), published in 2014. In between the last two books, she published her first free-verse poetry book entitled Come-forth.

Language(s): Greek, English, French

 

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