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The Love Story behind We Are A Circus

2007: I saw her on stage, playing the flute. Love at first sight. Her first and last time performing, changed my life forever. Nothing else existed anymore.

“I didn’t know you were a lesbian,” my friends said. “Are you a lesbian? GO AWAY!” she said. I had no idea. I was just Nasta. In love with Sofia.

The months that followed were hard and movie-like. “One day this story should turn into a film,” someone said.

2015: I brought Sofia into our “new” house. It was a wreck, part of the old castle that used to surround Thessaloniki. I closed her eyes in front of the window. No water. No toilet. No electricity. But see? There is a view of the sea, mountain Olympus and a big ugly city. We counted ships at night.

We are a circus: “Tsirko,” they called us. To laugh at our queer love, passers-by called us “Circus.”

2023: years later, glimpses of our story are turned into a picture book. We Are A Circus dedicated to our dog, Alitia, who died a few months before the book was born.

We are a circus: “Tsirko,” they called us. To laugh at our queer love, passers-by called us “Circus.”

Nasta is a writer from Thessaloniki, Greece, based in Berlin, Germany. Na spends the days with children, enjoying their whimsical philosophies, playing, drawing and clowning around. Whenever Na doesn't fall asleep while reading bedtime stories, Na can be found writing lyrics and queer stories for kids. Image credit: Lefteris Paraskevas

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