Constantine Blintzios is a Greek/British writer. He has a background in music and Contemporary Art and holds an Mst in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. He is primarily a writer of fiction with a focus on the lyric and its’ transformative qualities in prose. He writes about bestiaries and the way emotions can be articulated in the shapes of animals. He is interested in the deep topography of backwoods, backwaters, hinterlands and how history resonates; haunting those that live in neglected and in-between realms. He has had poetry, short stories and reviews published in journals such as Visual Verse, Ash magazine, Paris Lit-Up, the Oxonian Review and the Literary Review. His poem ‘Where I am From’ was shortlisted for the 2017 Martin Starkie awards, he was long-listed for the 2019 DISQUIET fiction prize. As of 2021, his manuscript was longlisted for the Laxfield Literary Launch Prize. His debut novel: The Smoke is me, Burning will be published in 2022 by KERNPUNKT Press.
He came to the Fish Factory in February 2021. For most of his time here, he worked on a draft for the beginning of his second lyric novel which is inspired by a variety of myths concerning sirens in a setting that draws heavily on the Icelandic landscape and atmosphere.
Thank you, Constantine!
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