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The Delights of Constantinople in Eighteenth-century Greek Literature, by Peter Mackridge.
Peter Mackridge was Professor of Modern Greek at the University of Oxford and is an Emeritus Fellow of St Cross College. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens and an honorary professorship from the University of the Peloponnese. His books include The Modern Greek Language (1985), Dionysios Solomos (1989) and Language and National Identity in Greece, 1766-1976 (2009). He has co-written two grammars of Modern Greek and has published English translations of Three Days in the Monasteries of Cappadocia by George Seferis (2010) and The History of Western Philosophy in 100 Haiku by Haris Vlavianos (2015) as well as volumes of stories by Vizyenos, Papadiamandis and Yorgos Ioannou. He has recently translated Pope Joan by Emmanuel Roidis for a forthcoming graphic version of this novel by the cartoonist Dimitris Chantzopoulos.
Camarthen to Cairo via Smyrna and Cyprus: the Rees Family 1850 to 1950, by Tom Rees
Tom Rees spent his early childhood in Alexandria, Egypt, where the Rees businesses had their headquarters, with regular holiday visits to his French and English grandparents near Izmir. Secondary schooling was in England, where he learned to shed his Levantine English accent for a pukka version which allowed him to pass for a native! After university he spent twenty years alternating between different government departments, the LSE and government and private sector think-tanks, before retiring to grow vines and make wine, first in Somerset and then in Bordeaux, finally leaving France (with a pang) in 2004. While in France, in the intervals between vine-growing and wine-making, he wrote a family history: Merchant Adventures in the Levant.
For details of the talks visit the Levantine Heritage Foundation website