makis tsitas biografiko

Makis Tsitas was born in Giannitsa in 1971. He majored in journalism and worked for several radio stations in Thessaloniki. Since 1994 he has lived in Athens where he works in publishing. He has served as senior editor for the literary magazine Periplous (1994-2005), and was the co-publisher and director of the book journal Index (2006-2011). From 2012 to the present he has been directing Diastixo.gr, a website on books and culture.

He is a member of the Hellenic Authors’ Society.

Short stories and books for children have been translated into many languages.

Some of his works have also been staged and directed by Roula Pateraki (Pireaus Municipal Theater), Tatiana Lygari (Theater To treno sto Rouf, viva.gr), Ersi Vasilikioti (Theatro ton Keron), Sophia Karagianni (Vault Theater), Promitheas Aliferopoulos (Piraeus Municipal Theater), Taru Makela (Christine and Goran Schildt Foundation, Finland), Alexandru Mazgareanu (Nottara Theater, Bucharest, Romania) and Maria Veselinova (Theater «Vazrazhdane», Sofia, Bulgaria).

His lyrics have been set to music by Giorgos Stavrianos, Takis Soukas, Tatiana Zografou and Nikos Vasiliou, and the songs have been performed by Nena Venetsanou, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Pantelis Thalassinos, Miltos Paschalidis, Alex Sid, Dimitris Zervoudakis, Kostas Parissis, Sophia Papazoglou, Theodora Tzita, and Nephele Fasouli, Iro Bezou.

He has published five books for adults and 31 books for children, two of which have won awards: Haralambia the Giraffe (National Award for Illustration, Cyprus 2021) and Here Comes the Giant (Award of the Greek Section of IBBY, International Board of Books for Young People – Greek Children’s Book Circle 2023), The King’s Counselor (Hartis Journal’s prize for best children’s book, 2024).

His novel God Is My Witness, earned him the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature and honors by the Municipalities of Athens, Pella, and Edessa, the Central Public Library of Edessa, as well as the Region of Central Macedonia.

God Is My Witness is available in 12 European languages.

He has published five books for adults and 31 books for children, two of which have won awards: Haralambia the Giraffe (National Award for Illustration, Cyprus 2021) and Here Comes the Giant (Award of the Greek Section of IBBY, International Board of Books for Young People – Greek Children’s Book Circle 2023).

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