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The Sock Thief

Children's Event


Children’s book author Giorgos Lebessis recounts his popular story and discusses its main themes with young readers


In this live online storytelling event, Giorgos Lebessis, author of The Sock Thief  (Psychogios Publications) introduces us to a very special character, who goes by the name “Kaltsokleftis” (The Sock Thief). For Kaltsokleftis, children’s socks are valuable, as they serve as the filling of a magic pillow that protects him from the nightmares which otherwise keep him awake!

Through the storytelling of the adventures of his little fluffy hero with Skoupati, Petsas, Fofou and Kyrkos, the author highlights the value of offering a helping hand to those around us.

The narration of the story will be followed by an open discussion of its main themes between the author and the participants.

The event takes place online via Zoom and is designed for children aged 6-12.


GEORGE D. LEBESSIS was born in 1981. He won the Original Story Award and the Audience Award for his short stories "4 Pages" and "First Flight", while he has been voted twice in Pen of the Year among the season’s ten best children's writers. He is considered one of the most beloved authors of children's literature, having written 7 bestsellers and 12 short stories for adults, with translations of his books into English and Arabic. His popular tale, "Fish Soup", has been staged 4 times in central theaters of Athens, as well as his play "Vrasidas vs. Bakaliarakos”.  In addition, he has co-penned with his brother the musical-theatrical performance "What the walls say", in which Trifono, Liana Kanelli, Eleni Gerasimidou and others performed. (2011). He also has worked on the adaptation of Katerina Markadaki's fairy tale "The wasteful little monster", directed by Christos Hatzipanagiotis, while he wrote on behalf of the Ministry of Education of Cyprus and Public Cyprus the fairy tale “The Piece” for the project The Book of Schools, in which more than 1,200 students participated. He served as the artistic director of the first children's festival in Greece, Town For Kids (2008-2009), and The Christmas Factory of Star Kid (2014), which was attended by more than 250,000 spectators.

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