Constance Dima(Konstantina Karadimou) was born in the area of Grammos in Kastoria, Greece. She studied tourism management, French and Bulgarian Philology and completed post graduate studies in French languagetutoring. She has lived and worked as a guide, translator, interpreter and educatorof secondary and higher educationin former Czechoslovakia – today’s Czech Republic-, France, Bulgaria, Greece and Belgium. In summer of 2009 she returned permanently to Greece and settled on the island of Crete.
Constance Dima has published four poetry collections (one in two languages: Greek – French and another in four: French – Greek – Czech – Bulgarian; also published as an e-book), a testimonial novel in French and in Greek, an essay in French, a novel in French and in Greek and many translations. Poems of Constance Dima have also been translated in English, Spanish, Italian and Russian.
Constance Dima has been honoured with a comparative linguistics award (1979)and a poetry award(1999).
with my aunt Georgia, Budišov (Czechoslovakia), 1949
with my educator Moravek, Czechoslovakia, 1963
high school student, Jeseník, 1964
student and tour guide, Karlovy Vary and Prague, 1967-68
Krnov (Czechoslovakia), 1969
as a student of French and Bulgarian Phylologie, Bulgaria,1972
with colleagues, Haskovo (Bulgaria), 1976
postgraduate training in France, 1979
passport photo to return to Greece, Bulgaria, July 1982
with my daughters Marianna and Kalina, Hortiatis of Tessaloniki, 1983
with Yannis Ifantis at the 2nd Mediterranean poetry, Kavala (Greece), 1996
in the garden of the poet Victoria Theodorou, Fillothei (department of Athens), 1996
with the French poet Jean-Claude Villain translating poems of Yannis Ifantis,
Raina (valley of Etolia, Greece), 2001
in the courtyard of the Greek Gymnasium Lyceum of Brussels, 2008
with Marianna and Kalina, Heraklion Crete, April 2010
with my grandchildren Nikos and Konstantina, Amnissos (Crete) 2010
C. Dima: Speech at the 22nd World Congress of Poets, Larissa (Greece), June 29th, 2011
C. Dima: during the presentation of the book “Solitude is azure”
at the French Institute of Thessaloniki, 2013/4/1
Marianna with her family, Naxos 2017