Travelling Light Into The Unknown


By Marina Papagavriil Konstantinidou


Margarita, a Cypriot first-year student at the University of Salonica, leaves her paternal home for the first time and is called on to survive in a completely different environment, a Girls’ Boarding House, since, according to her parents, such matters as safety and protection are considered of utmost importance for a girl raised with strict principles.

When she meets the other girls in the Boarding House and comes into contact with her cousin, who is her legal guardian, she is in for a big surprise as memories of her past, her childhood and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus are dredged up, forcing her to embark on a self-discovery journey, seeking her real self.

You too can pack your own ‘luggage’ by deciding to use your own story creatively. Set out on a journey for your real self, going beyond the past by admitting that ‘what’s done is done’ and sailing the sea of your life with the wisdom, truth and strength your experiences have endowed you with.


Marina Papagavriil Konstantinidou

Marina Papagavriil Konstantinidou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. She studied Economics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and attended seminars in Pedagogy at the School of Philosophy. She is also a piano graduate from Athens Conservatory. From an early age, she dabbled in poetry and prose, music and painting. She has contributed poems and articles to various journals and magazines. In 2005, she published her first novel entitled As a Woman to the Snake and Ladders Game, in 2010 she published her second novel, Love’s Libretto, and in 2015 her third novel  Humming Bird — It’s all a journey came out. It was the offshoot of her engagement in the ancient Greek philosophy, self-awareness seminars and bio-energetic techniques courses. Her fairy tale Jiri-Joe on Crystal Star, which was uploaded on in 2015, was transcribed in the Braille alphabet by Saint Barnabas School for the Blind, Nicosia, and it is handed out for free to blind children. Her poems are included in various anthologies that have come out with Dianysma Editions, Athens, and other Cypriot and Greek Editions. In 2015, her poetry collection Poetic Diary was published by Ostria Editions, Athens.

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