A writer since childhood, Nenia Tavrou has been seriously writing poetry, fiction and non-fiction as an adult for 30 years and has been a member of The Society of Women Writers since about 2002. Magical Moments of an adventurous life, a collection of stories and poems inspired by her real life experiences, is her fourth book. Her earlier books were two poetry books, Bottled tear and Scarred by life, repaired through love, and a devotional, A moment with God. Her work has also appeared in The Society of Women Writers Victoria anthology, ‘Climb the Mountain’, 2006.
Nenia has done extensive study in humanities, psychology, counselling and theology and loves travel and experiencing other cultures. This background is evident in her stories and poems.
Nenia is married and though she and her husband, Neil have no children of their own, they have fostered children for fourteen years. Their strong Christian faith has taken one, other or both of them on a total of eleven mission trips to Africa, India and Asia.
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Someone once said each of us has a book in us.
FAWVic member Nenia Tavrou proves this and more. An ‘ordinary person’, she has a big heart and a great sense of adventure and is always looking for challenging things to do.’ Typically, she sets herself a goal, often with a strong religious motivation behind it, and goes out and achieves it.
In ‘Magical Moments of an adventurous life’ Nenia Tavrou divided her adventures into geographical sections. The Africa section covers Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi, and there are also sections on Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Israel, Myanmar, South America which includes Bolivia, Peru and Argentina, and Vanuatu.
Whether Nenia Tavrou relates being kissed by a giraffe, eating a tarantula or defusing a tense situation during a meeting with a just-released prisoner to whom she’d been writing in gaol, it’s always of interest.
Throughout her book the threads that unify her stories and poems are her sense of humour, her love of people, of adventure and of life and her religious beliefs.
A story such as ‘African Security Guard’ shows how fortunate we are to live in a country like Australia. The guard, who worked at a hotel where Nenia Tavrou and her husband Neil were staying, tells how he worked 16 hours a day seven days a week from 4 pm until 8 am and often worked longer. To explain why, Nenia Tavrou uses his own words: ‘I’m never sure of the time and I want to make sure my boss doesn’t have anything to complain about. So I work extra to avoid any hassles. You see, I need this job.’
Nenia went straight out and bought him a watch. Also, because he wanted them to meet his wife and family, Nenia and her husband drove him home, not to his sleeping quarters, an hour’s walk from his job, but to his village 30 km away. The guard had seen his family only twice in the eight months he’d been working at the hotel.
The Australians were so moved by the situation they bought a supply of basic provisions for the family before they left. The following morning they found the guard had said thank you to them in a very practical way, a way which cost him time, energy and ingenuity, but not money as he had none. As Nenia Tavrou wrote: He thought we had touched his life, but looking back, he, with the little he had, had blessed us so much more.
If you enjoy reading entertaining books by ‘ordinary people doing adventurous things’, this is one for you.
Submitted by: Meryl Tobin