A literary evening in memory of the New Zealand poet Kevin Ireland (1933-2023), translator of Botev and other Bulgarian authors into English, took place on 22 June this year at The Mission Gallery. It was organized by the Europe and the World Foundation with the assistance of the State Cultural Institute under the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The great Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto was so fascinated by ancient Greek architecture that in 1925 he designed a classic Mediterranean atrium for his brother’s house (“Casa Väinö”) in Alajärvi. This is just one of the curious facts that the Greek architect Konstantinos Xanthopoulos cites in his richly illustrated book, Alvar Aalto and Greece: Trailing Ariadne’s Thread (MELISSA Publishing House)
Every Monday without fail, Miss Harper visited her local library and took out two books. One on murder, the other on travel. In her mind, she had visited many countries and knew many details of their history and culture. She could lecture at length, to anyone who cared to listen.
I have always been intrigued by the trams of Sofia as they clatter and rock along their rickety tracks. People standing in the road muttering to themselves and looking for the next tram, which should have been here ages ago and when you get in the tram all life is here