About me

Maddie Grigg is the pen name of former local newspaper editor Margery Hookings who trained with what were to become top-flight hacks but never wanted to go any further than the depths of Dorset herself.

She discovered Hardy Country thirty years ago, after straying twenty miles over the county border from her native Somerset. After several years without being deported, she couldn't think of anywhere else she'd rather be.

Until, that is, her husband announced he was going to retire and did she fancy living in Corfu for a year.

A whole year, to ponce around like a Greek goddess and write fiction, renting a house from a bestselling novelist. And why not?

So that's how she ended up in Corfu on a Big Fat Greek Gap Year.

Maddie missed home terribly and the heartache was not helped as she put the finishing touches to A Year in Lush Places a blow-by-blow account of living in Dorset's most enchanted village. There are more writing projects in the pipeline but she's too embarrassed to talk about them right now.

But make room in your stocking and a place in your heart for Kalimera Kerkyra: A Year in Corfu, which will most certainly follow this grown-up gap year.

In the meantime, take a look at this video by Lush Places musician and record producer Simon Emmerson. It will help you to understand why the pull of home is so strong.

6 comments:

  1. Can't watch the video, Minimbah, without crying.

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  2. Great meeting you, Maddie! Great getting a feel of you and your blog! Wishing you joy and beauty!

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    1. Lovely to meet you too, Katina. Joy and beauty, what wonderful things to be wished. Thank you.

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  3. Beautiful and fascinating contrast of two complementary worlds. Linda and I live between Birmingham and Ano Korakiana, Corfu but this is one of many 1980s films by my stepfather Jack Hargreaves who lived his last years under Bulbarrow Hill http://youtu.be/sxUNmprJh-c

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    1. That's beautiful! What a lovely spot from which to view the Blackmore Vale. Bless dear old Jack.

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