Written Word


(represented by Litro Represents)

Twenty-two-year-old Oscar is a lost cause. He roams central London, looking for love and distraction. But this isn’t quite 'Bright Lights, Big City': Oscar is gay but feels disconnected from London’s gay scene. He is naive and rootless, an emotionally stunted young man who lives in upscale Kensington with his foster mother, novelist Charlotte Fontaine.


But all of this changes when he meets Tim, Charlotte’s thirty-something literary agent with whom Oscar becomes hopelessly infatuated. While he struggles to understand Tim’s politics and his rejection of religion, Oscar’s developing friendship with Tim affects a profound change in the young man, making him want to understand the world and his place in it.


'Disbanded Kingdom' is Polis' first novel.


Published by Cloud Lodge Books.


Publication date: 21 June 2018

ISBN: 9780995465794


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'Til God

- Litro #135: Somewhere Between the Borders. Read here.

Devil in Me

- Liars' League NYC, Hope & Pray. Download / read here.

- Shortlisted for HISSAC

The Selkie Wife

- Longlisted for the Fish Prize (as The Seal Wife)

Blue Glass Star

- Honorable Mention for Glimmer Train's Family Matters competition.

- Published in The Stockholm Review of Literature. Read here.


- selected and read at Foyles' Decongested event


- selected and read at Foyles' Decongested event

Articles and columns for Litro Online, available here.

2014: shortlisted for the IdeasTap Inspires – Writers’ Centre Norwich competition.

2008: won feedback from The Literary Consultancy as part of the Arts Council's Free Read Scheme.



© Polis Loizou 2017