The Festival Founders
Annabelle was first introduced to Greece as a child in the 60s, when her mother was contracted to take photographs for the then emerging Greek tourism industry. Returning on holiday in the 80s, her love affair with Corfu truly blossomed and was sealed for life during her time working and living on the island. Annabelle, a Londoner, has worked in the art publishing, catering and property industries but is most inspired by working with communities and on projects outside the traditional commercial sectors.
Involved with school governance, subsidised housing and green space regeneration, she has long wished to transfer her energies and passions to realise and promote aspects of Corfu's existing array of riches to a wider audience and introduce new visitors to the place she loves. Annabelle's aim is that a celebration of the arts, both local and invited from elsewhere, in this special and beautiful place, will attract attention to Corfu in an unexpected, different and unique way.
Alex Preston is the prize-winning author of three novels, including In Love and War, which was selected for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime. Alex appears regularly on BBC Radio and television. He writes for The Telegraph, Harper’s Bazaar and The Economist as well as for the Observer’s New Review. He holds a PhD on Violence in the Modern Novel from UCL and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Kent. His most recent book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Birds and Books, is an illustrated and visually stunning exploration of birds in literature, from Ovid to Ted Hughes. Alex nurtures a deep and abiding love of Greece and Corfu. His work is published in Greek by Papadopoulos Publishing and Alex has written a regular monthly column for Epsilon Magazine in Athens.
Nikos Louvros, born in Corfu Town, co-founded CricketCorfu and now the Corfu Literary Festival with his wife, Annabelle. Niko is a passionate chef, traveller, event organiser and travel consultant and has lived in London for many years, never losing his affection for his home island, describing the UK as his lover but Kerkyra as his mother.
In recent difficult years, and with growing concerns over the un-sustainability of hyper tourism, Niko has devoted his time to encouraging and supporting local cultural bodies and enthusiasts to develop their existing offers and charms to the wider travelling world, and to work together and encourage a fresh cohort of visitors to the island, whilst also providing alternative potential to Corfiots themselves. There is a place for seaside holidays but Corfu is so much more - and her music, art, literature, sporting opportunities, history and food heritage, along with her natural riches and environment, need care, time protection and attention, so that all may enjoy and benefit from them.
With Continuing thanks to our initial supporters........
CORFU READING SOCIETY
The Corfu Reading Society was founded in 1836; it is recognised as a cultural landmark throughout Greece. It houses rare and precious resources: a library, and a centre for studying the culture of the Seven Islands; protecting and preserving historical, folkloric, archaeological, linguistic and artistic materials; and promoting cultural and intellectual life in the Ionian and Adriatic regions. The Society arranges art exhibitions, supports local and regional cultural initiatives, and serves as an intellectual meeting-place. The Corfu Literary Festival is proud to work in partnership with the Reading Society and to host events at this historic building in the very centre of Corfu Old Town.
General opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 09:30 to 13:30 and evenings Mon-Wed-Fri by appointment.
120 Kapodistriou Street, Corfu Town
The Corfu Literary Festival pay tribute and thanks to Mr Andreas Papadatos,
librarian and curator for many years, sadly lost in 2018