Guest post by Panayotis Cacoyannis, author of the The Dead of August. www.panayotiscacoyannis.com
I was born and grew up in the seaside town of Limassol in Cyprus. After two years as a conscript in the National Guard (that just happened to coincide with a military coup and an invasion), I found myself among an alien species masquerading as my fellow students at Oxford, where it had been preordained that I should study Law.
I joined in the eccentricity of the place and I had fun, as well as a good education. When I had also qualified to practice at the Bar, I decided that I didn’t want to be a lawyer. So I went to Art School.
I enrolled in a Creative Writing course. And that was that. I haven’t touched a paintbrush ever since! tweet
With a Degree in Fine Art, and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, I spent many a happy year painting and sculpting in London. Then during a trip to Cyprus I discovered some poems and a play I had written in my ‘visionary’ teenager years.
The play took place inside the head of a man being torn between good and evil. It was either revolutionary or dreadful. Perhaps it was both. In any case it gave me ideas. I started writing again.
I enrolled on a Creative Writing course. And that was that. I’ve neither sculpted nor touched another paintbrush ever since! The Dead of August is my first novel, a contemporary satire set in London, where I live. I think the Lawyer and the Artist are very much in evidence both in what I write about and also in how I write it. For the moment I have no plans for a fourth career…