Dmetri Kakmi

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Dmetri Kakmi was born to Greek parents in Turkey. He is a writer and editor. For 15 years he worked as a senior editor at Penguin Books. His fictionalised memoir 'Mother Land' was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards in Australia; and is published in England and Turkey. He edited the acclaimed children’s anthology 'When We Were Young'. His new book 'The Door and Other Uncanny Tales' will be released in early 2020.

Life in, and connection to, Hobsons Bay

Williamstown has been home for 20 years. It's a great place to live if you are a writer. Long walks along the beach in winter and quiet retreats in the library stimulate the mind and imagination. The sense of belonging encourages you to contribute to the community. For me this takes the form of giving writing classes at the local libraries and being part of the Williamstown Literary Festival.


  • When We Were Young (2006) Penguin Books
  • Mother Land (2007) Giramondo Publishing
  • The Door and Other Uncanny Tales (2020) NineStar Press


Mother Land was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and was the recipient of the Peter Blazey Fellowship for Biography in 2007.