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Corfu Sketches
A thirty-year journey

Corfu's World Heritage Site and villages, as seen through the eyes of an artist who has lived on the island since 1961.  Enjoy five walks: along the Tourist Trail; through the Venetian Old Town to the Mourayia, the sea walls; to the Jewish Quarter and its synagogue; up the hill to the smart end of town and via the Old Port to the market. Then join in the Easter parade. Visit 30 villages, meet their people and see the work they do. Look carefully, little has changed. This will be a journey you will always treasure.    Read more

“Of great historical importance”  - The Corfiot

greek walls by john waller

Greek Walls
An odyssey in Corfu

"It is said that it is best to see an island from the sea. It is like seeing a girl from a distance. As you get closer her features become clearer: the curves of the mountains, the colours of the hills and the sparkle of the windows in little houses, woken by the rising sun.
Nothing could have been better than the sight of Corfu as Jannie and I sailed on the Brindisi ferry through the Corfu Channel early on a June morning in 1966..."    Read more.

"Wildly entertaining" - Evening Standard

corfu sunset by john waller

Corfu Sunset
Avrio never comes

"My first job is to check that George 'Pink Palace' Grammenos has moved his water pipes from my land where the bulldozer will be constructing the road. Not surprisingly, the pipes are still there, just as they were six weeks ago, when he promised to move them to the empty olive grove next door.
"Avrio!" he had said. Tomorrow!
I go ballistic. Nobody, but nobody, is going to delay the project. If he won't remove them I'll just cut them and throw them next door."    Read more

"Essential reading" - Daily Mail

the papas and the englishman

The Papas and the Englishman
From Corfu to Zagoria

"When we first announced our intention of buying a house and living in Zagoria, a virtually unknown area of Greece close to the Albanian border, our friends looked at us askance. Clearly they were thinking, "They’re crazed with the spell of far Zagoria. It has stolen their wits away!" Well, if our wits have been ‘stolen away’ we can only say we are a good deal happier without them. Our life here, in the village of Koukouli, could not be more contented, more rewarding and trouble free. This is the story of our search for an idyll which, unlike most Holy Grails, we eventually found and held on to. As with all stories it has a beginning and, in our case, that beginning happens to be in Corfu. So, read on – come with us on our quest and delight with us, witless as we are, in that quest’s end."    Read more

"What makes this different from other "No Going Back" sagas is how the authors have engaged with their neighbours and helped keep an isolated community alive." - Marc Dubin, co-author, Rough Guide to Greece

irish flames by john waller

Irish Flames
The arrival of the Black and Tans

"In that early summer of 1920 the political storm clouds had gathered around Ireland. The dream of Independence, for which the blood of seven centuries had so often flowed, appeared as elusive and remote as ever. Promises, half promises and innuendoes evaporated, leaving first disillusionment, then bitterness and now open and active hostility … a crowning insult had been inflicted upon a harassed and poverty-stricken Ireland, when English jails provided 'soldiers' considered suitable to deal with the Irish question."    Read more

"A remarkable account of the end of British rule" - The Irish Post

irish flames - the play

Irish Flames
The play

The play is based on John Waller’s book Irish Flames – Peter Waller’s true story of the arrival of the Black and Tans, which the Irish Post described as a remarkable account of the end of British rule. It focuses on two developing relationships: between Peter – Robbie in the play – and his older friend Con, who changes from gardener to IRA Volunteer; and Meli, Peter’s English mother, and Martin, the leader of the IRA, who she is in love with and saves when he is injured in an ambush on the Black and Tans.
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"We were interested to read the adaptation, which is assuredly written. The play offers a powerful comment on wartime violence and retribution."  Royal Court

atlantic affair

Atlantic Affair
(To be published)

On Saturday June 14 1930, my Irish father, Otway Waller stayed with his friend, Conor O’Brien, in Foynes, Co. Limerick. Next morning he set sail, along the circumnavigation route taken seven years before by Conor in his yacht Saoirse (Freedom), in his own epic single-handed cruise to the Canary Islands in his 26ft yawl. Returning home on the Yeoward Line s/s Aguila, he fell in love – with my mother. Back in Ireland he had a problem: he was already married with a son, Peter.    Read more

"An invention by which a yacht may be made to run indefinitely before the wind, with no one at the tiller, has been introduced by an Irish yachtsman. The voyage that Captain Waller made alone in a little 6-ton yawl from his home in Ireland to Las Palmas, a distance of some 1,600 mile, is almost an epic of the sea, while it goes to prove how much hammering a small, well built boat will stand at sea." 
Tatler, April 21, 1931

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