Frank Reidy reviews Writers’ Retreats in Greece

La Casa Grande is a wonderful Retreat and so conducive to creative endeavours. It is located next to the small hillside village of Agios Ioannis, Evia and within 15 minutes of the iconic seaside town of Aliveri, full of tavernas, cafes and supermarkets. But the key to this retreat is La Casa Grande itself.

The stone-built house with its patios and awnings is peaceful and has many nooks and crannies to work in. Yet, this lovingly refurbished house has all modern conveniences with a first class kitchen with a fast, secure and reliable broadband connection. There are numerous walks and strolls around the village some easy and others challenging.

Nikos manages the facility conscious of the needs of artists and writers and is readily available to assist and guide. The excellent logistics of the Retreat with ‘meet and greet’ at Athens Airport and the transfer at the end of the Retreat relieve the guest of worries or concerns. Nikos’s attention to detail and his practical approach is refreshing.

Above all else, La Casa Grande is a great place to work in and reflect. It’s very walls are lyrical and homely. After an all too brief sojourn, I can assuredly recommend La Casa Grande.

Once again Nikos and Georgia and families thank you for a wonderful visit and “I will be back”.

Frank Reidy Irish WriterFrank Reidy is a former army commandant, defence and security analyst focusing on Middle East & East Africa, member of TG4 Board, researcher and of course writer. During his 25 years in the Defence Forces, he was stationed in the Curragh in Kildare as head of the Audio Visual Unit, where he lectured on Media Studies in the Military College. He spent periods in both the Middle East and in Rwanda. On his retirement, he spent some time working with RTÉ as a reporter and researcher. He returned to Rwanda in 2000, working for Refugee Trust International. He regularly returns to Africa, travelling and as a voluntary worker.

His first book, Ó Chósta go Cósta, which was published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta in 2009, is based on his travels in east Africa. Ó Chósta go Cósta won the prestigious the Irish language book of the year award – Gradam Uí Shiúilleabháin – in 2010. Frank was born in Sligo and he lives in Ros a’ Mhíl, Co Galway. He is a regular contributor to both Raidió na Gaeltachta and TG4 on both defence and international issues.

Frank spent two weeks staying in La Casa Grande in October 2019.

Agnes Marton reviews Writers’ Retreats in Greece

I highly recommend the Artist Residency La Bodeguita in Dafni, Greece. I spent ten days there and got a lot of writing done. Can’t wait to be back to enjoy the uninterrupted time, the not-at-all touristy beach, the home-made meals, and last but not least the hospitality and friendship of my hosts.

Agnes Marton from Luxembourg visits La Bodeguita in Dafni (Writer's Retreats Greece)Agnes Marton is a Hungarian-born poet, writer, librettist & Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK). Recent publications include her collection ‘Captain Fly’s Bucket List‘ and four chapbooks with Moria Books (USA).

She won the National Poetry Day Competition in the UK, and an anthology she edited (Estuary: A Confluence of Art and Poetry) won the Saboteur Award. Her work is widely anthologized, some examples are: ‘Alice – Ekphrasis at the British Library‘ & ‘Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen‘.

Agnes stayed in La Bodeguita in September 2019.

Writer’s Retreats in Greece welcome Agnes Marton

Agnes Marton from Luxembourg visits La Bodeguita in Dafni (Writer's Retreats Greece)
Agnes Marton from Luxembourg visits La Bodeguita in Dafni (Writer’s Retreats Greece)

We are excited to announce the arrival of Agnes Marton this summer.

Agnes has chosen to spend 9 days in La Bodeguita in Dafni in order to work on her latest writing project.

Agnes Marton is a Hungarian-born poet, writer, librettist & Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK). Recent publications include her collection ‘Captain Fly’s Bucket List‘ and four chapbooks with Moria Books (USA).

She won the National Poetry Day Competition in the UK, and an anthology she edited (Estuary: A Confluence of Art and Poetry) won the Saboteur Award. Her work is widely anthologized, some examples are: ‘Alice – Ekphrasis at the British Library‘ & ‘Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen‘.

Her fiction was called ‘exceptional’ at the prestigious Disquiet Literary Contest (USA). In the award-winning poetry exhibition project Guardian of the Edge, 33 accomplished visual artists responded to her poetry. She has been a resident poet at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, on a research boat in the Arctic Circle, and also in Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Canada and the USA. She is based in Luxembourg.

Agnes is looking forward to her writer’s residencies in Ireland (Tyrone Guthrie Centre), the Azores (Disquiet), Serbia (Belgrade Art Studio), Spain (The Valparaiso Foundation) and Greece (Writers’ Retreats Greece) so that she could finish her first novel.

Also, she is going to polish the manuscript of her second full poetry collection ‘For Waltz You Don’t Need a Compass‘ during her residency at the Museo de Arte Moderno Chiloé, Chile (the manuscript was a finalist of the Munster Literature Centre international competition).

Agnes, we wish you a warm welcome & hope that our Residency will come up to your expectations.