Τατιάνα Αβέρωφ
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Τατιάνα Αβέρωφ

Born in Athens, Greece, in 1954.

Studied Dance in Greece and at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, earning a dance teacher's diploma in Athens in 1975 (Grigoriadou School). In parallel, studied Philosophy and Psychology at Deree College, Athens (BA, 1976) before taking a degree in Social Psychology (MSc, 1978) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Worked in the private education sector as an educational psychologist, 1978-1994, writing two books on cooperative learning during the same period: "Teaching children to work together", Thymari publications, 1983, and "Cooperation in learning", Thymari & Costeas-Geitonas School, 1990.

Since 1995, she has dedicated herself exclusively to directing the Averoff Gallery in Metsovo, part of the Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza Foundation, a public service institution over which she has presided as chairwoman since its foundation in 1988.

She has written five novels: "The Clearing (Τo Κsefoto)" (2000), "Αugust (Avgoustos)" (2002), "Intersections (Anihti Grammi)" (2005), "Thrasos (Thrasos)" (2009) and "Ten lives in one (Deka zoes se mia)" (2014). She has also translated literary works, and texts of hers have been published in collective volumes and literary supplements in newspapers and magazines.

Between 2007 and 2011, she taught the Novel in the Greek Book Centre's creative writing workshops. From 2011 to this day she continues to teach Creative Writing in collaboration with various institutions and privately.

She won the Greek Christian Literature Society Fiction Award in 2001 for her novel "The Clearing", which was also short-listed for "Diavazo" magazine"s First Novel award in 2001. The same publication went on to short-list her novel "August" for its Fiction Award two years later in 2003. Her novel "Thrasos" was short listed for ths National Award for Children's Literaturs 2010 (although it is primarily a book for adults)

She is a member of the Hellenic Authors Society and the Association of Epirote Writers and Authors.

Since 1991, she has been the vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Baron Michael Tossizza Foundation, which has played a pivotal role since the nineteen fifties in the economic recovery and cultural flowering enjoyed by Metsovo and its environs.

Also in Metsovo, she is involved in the wine-making activities of Katogi & Strofilia SA, and in the running of the new Katogi Winery Hotel.

The daughter of the politician and author, Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza, she is married to Sotiris Ioannou and has one son.