The Horrors of the Great Famine in Greece 1941-44 O Μεγάλος Λιμός

I went to London recently to a series of short talks at the Hellenic Centre in Paddington Street.  The talks were about Greece in World War Two and the speakers all gave an interesting talk on their specila subject.  But the one that stayed with me most was given by Dr Violetta Hionidou who had […]

What is Wrong with Angela Merkel?

Another of Richard Devereux’s great poems!!  Richard recently won a first prize at the Dead Poets Slam held at the Bristol Poetry Festival with his take on the great Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos.  He explored some of Ritsos famous poems as well as reading out some of his own.  I love them all but wanted […]

Some hilarious anecdotes: Metaxas makes a big mistake

  General Ioannis Metaxas became Prime Minister and dictator in Greece during 1936-1941.  It was an upsurge of dictators at that time much as now. At various periods of history it seems that an energy arises which tries to restrain a liberal period of letting go and relaxing, morals degenerating perhaps but having some fun […]

Maybe Things Are Getting Better After All

A very kind lady in Greece posted up an interesting review on Amazon about my latest book, Dying Phoenix , in which she said that though she loved the writing, the characters and the general story, it was painful for her to read the history of that time in Greece, a time she is probably […]

Great review for Dying Phoenix

The Dying Phoenix is a very worthy sequel to Loretta Proctor’s The Long Shadow. I am pleased I read them in the ‘right’ order, as, knowing what I knew already about Nina’s spirited parents and grandparents, I was keen to find out how life would treat her. Nina’s tale comes to life in the turbulent […]

Lost smiles and happiness in Greece?

I met up the other day with a teacher friend from Thessaloniki.  She was here in the UK to take part in a talk at Newman College so we met up briefly in Birmingham New Street station for a coffee.  I had warned her the weather here was like something out of Genesis and that […]

War Tales at Mother’s Knee: Sales and Princes

My mother, Diana, managed to escape from Greece literally as the Nazi forces were marching down from Thessaloniki in April 1941 and fled with my father to Cairo, Egypt.  So she never experienced all the pain and misery of occupation – in fact these were the happiest years of her life!  The war didn’t touch […]