ABOUT THE AUTHOR
NADEZHDA ILIEVA is a writer, artist and filmmaker. Having moved to London, England as a child, Nadezhda found the inexorable vibrancy of the unsleeping city to be stimulating. With its vast diversity of culture and assortment of media the city’s spirit revealed itself as an enthraling platform for self exploration.
At the age of twenty two, Nadezhda began her educational training in fine arts, later moving on to visual arts and filmmaking.
Her profound fascination with the art of storytelling led her to investigate one of the oldest and most influencial techniques known to man – telling stories and how to explore different methods and media as means to pass on values and wisdom, create vision and portray culture and identity.
At twenty four, Nadezhda dropped out of university where she was studying filmmaking in order to pursue a career as an independent filmmaker and writer.
She has collaborated with independent filmmakers on various projects as a photographer, screenwriter and director as well as participating in various fashion films as a performer and model.
Her personal projects include a thirty minute film which she wrote, directed, produced and appeared as the lead role as well as other short films.
Her more recent work can be found on her personal website which focuses primarily on writing stories and poetry.
Currently, Nadezhda lives in her native country Bulgaria.
ABOUT THE GRAPEVINES
The Grapevines is a collection of allegorical poems, short narratives and apologues serving as an emblem of adolescence, ingeniously depicting the struggles of the New Age generations. With its vividly elaborate and meticulous use of language the author takes us on a journey in search of answers to the meaning of existence, one’s purpose and our quest for knowledge and understanding of higher power.
The writer uses characters, plants, animals and objects as means to portray emotion, moral doctrine, unravelling veiled truths whilst plunging into a world of deception and delusion reaching heights of deeper consciousness where the line between right and wrong become blurred under the weight of human sorrow. The quest for higher truth and the never ending debate of moral reverberates in the fight between good and evil.
Duality is a reoccurring theme throughout the book as the female character struggles to deal with the complexity of life and all of the chameleon mosaic of personalities she goes through as she enters into adulthood, balancing the temptations of life. Pleasure, the material, love, desire, purpose and moral, stretching the very limits of her own comprehensions, truths, sanity and consciousness, pushing towards an abyss where even the impossible seems possible, with a price.