Melissa Hekkers

Melissa Hekkers is a freelance journalist, copy editor, translator, fixer and author, based in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Her most recent publication (2020) Amir’s Blue Elephant, is her first attempt at creative non-fiction and is based on her experiences as a volunteer working with refugees in Lesvos, Greece and Cyprus. Amir’s Blue Elephant has been translated into Greek and French.

In 2018 she published My Cape Greco Mandala, a colouring book inspired by the wildlife of the Cape Greco peninsula in Cyprus and was preceded by My Akamas Mandala which focuses on a variety of endemic plants found on the Akamas Natural Reserve. 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.

Since 2015, Melissa has been focuses on silenced communities and cultivates an interest in a variety of societal matters. She teaches creative writing to children and adults, leads European Funded progammes that focus on migrants and asylum seekers while her writing, both as a reporter and author focuses on migration issues.

​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 children’s book, Pupa (Greek and English), was published in 2014 and adapted as a theatre play in 2019 similarly. In between her last two books, she published her first free-verse poetry book entitled Come-forth.

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