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Exploring Bulgaria

July 13, 2011 • 0 Comments Bulgaria

Exploring Bulgaria

  I arrived in Sofia on the night train from Belgrade. The train is my absolute favourite way of travelling, though this train was cold, because the window would not close, which meant that a current of cold air streamed through the carriage all night, preventing sleep. I thought that it... Full Story

A Bulgarian Poet's Delicate Attachments

October 01, 2010 • 0 Comments Bulgaria

Safety Pins by Petar Tchouhov
Published by Ciela
ISBN 978-954-28-0751-3

Safety pins are objects that can sometimes be of vital importance, holding together two items - usually of clothing - that would spell disaster for us should they remain separated. [Think of when you're about to give a... Full Story

Corfu's Lost Pearls

September 25, 2010 • 0 Comments Greece

Corfu's Lost Pearls

I was recently in Paleokastritsa, Corfu. Edward Lear described it thus:

'at this beautiful place [Paleokastritsa]...the sea perfectly calm and blue stretches right out westward unbrokenly to the sky, cloudless that, save a streak of lilac cloud on the my left is one of the many... Full Story

International Byron Conference

September 25, 2009 • 0 Comments Albania

International Byron Conference

International Byron Conference in Albania, 2009.

Two hundred years ago Lord George Byron visited Greece and Albania, one of the first Englishmen to do so. He travelled on horseback from Jannina in Greece, then known as Epiros, to Tepelene in Albania, at the invitation of Ali Pasha, then... Full Story

How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

July 20, 2009 • 0 Comments Bosnia and Herzegovina

How The Soldier Repairs the Gramophone by Saša Stanišić   The beginning is deceptively simple. Childhood memories, with fascinating family members. Later, after the war, past and present flow into one another. The writing's effectiveness lies in its description and its lack of judgement.... Full Story

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Morelle Smith

Morelle Smith

Morelle Smith is a writer of fiction, poetry, travel articles, essays, and a translator from French. She has worked in Albania for an NGO and as a teacher of English, and she returns to the Balkans as often as possible. Her published work includes the book of stories, Streets of Tirana, Almost Spring and Touching the Shell - two novellas, which take place in Albania. In addition to her stories about Albania published on and Rivertrain - her blog about writing and travelling, Morelle’s other publications on the web include: an essay on the Cathars of southern France; an interview with Ismail Kadare in The Dublin Quarterly; and Mirror City - a journey from Belgrade to Trieste - on