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Tinatin Mgvdliashvili

The poet, story writer and artist, Tinatin Mgvdliashvili, was born in 1955. In 1976 she graduated from the Tbilisi College of Modern and Traditional Art and since 1987 her stories and poems have been regularly published in leading Georgian magazines and newspapers.

She has published many collections of poems, including Shindisperi vtsere Leksebi (The Poems I Write Are Red as Wine, 1991), Da viko tsamde martali (Let Me Be Truthful to the Sky, 1996), Mirazhi udabnoshi (Mirage In the Desert), Urchi Mimino (The Wilful Hawk), Samadlobeli (the Georgian equivalent of 'Cheers'), Mtsipe Brotseulebi poeziis kotsontan (Pomegranates On Fire with Poetry), Lurji Iebis Vaterloo (The Blue Violets of Waterloo), and Remember Me, a collection dedicated to the women who loved Byron.

Her poems 'Martokhela, martokhlela kalbarona' (Single, Single Lady), 'Davit mepes (To King David), 'Khmali AvlesotKarvelebo (Let Us Georgians Sharpen Our Swords) have become very popular songs.

Tinatin was awarded the Saint Nino’s Prize.

Tinatin’s poems have been translated into Chechen and Russian and, in 2012, a collection of her poems written in the persona of Josephine Bonaparte was translated into French and published in Paris.

Tiantin is a naive painter and icon decorator. The icons decorated by her with semi-precious stones and beads are in the most important churches and cathedrals of Georgia including Svetiskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, Metekhi Cathedral, St David’s Mountain in Tbilisi. She is a member of the Union of Georgian Painters.

Poems by Tinatin Mgvdliashvili


  • Georgian poet, Tinatin Mgvdliashvili