The blue and white churches of Santorini are a quintessential ‘Greek’ image, despite being almost solely confined to this one small island. I have visited the island before and I was recently fortunate enough to go back.
This photo was taken in the small town of Oia which is famous for it’s sunsets. While I was there I saw an advert for a local literature festival organised by the Atlantis bookshop. When you see events advertised on holiday they are usually due to happen a week or two after you get home, but on this occasion we were there at the right time. 🙂
The bookshop itself is like a fairytale store come to life. From the street you descend a small staircase which leads into a small cave house (the shop itself). From floor to ceiling every surface is covered in books, you could spend hours and hours just perusing. The staff are all very helpful, friendly and willing to give advice.
The idea for the bookshop was conceived by two English students Oliver and Craig, when they spent a week on the island in 2002. The shop finally came to life in 2004 and the full story can be read on their website www.atlantisbooks.org
They also publish books through Paravion Press. I adored the small books which come with an airmail envelope, ready to post to friends back home. These books also have an empty page at the front for you to write a message on, I bought several just for myself!
There was a real buzz about the place with talks and music continuing until late into the evening.
On my second visit I noticed some very small books that had been made to look like a match book. They could be bought individually or four in a larger match box.
For some reason I didn’t buy any of these (I blame the sun messing with my judgement!) and I regretted it as soon I got home. I’ve rectified my mistake and ordered myself a set from www.bookexmachina.com. All these mini books and written and handmade on the island of Cyprus.
If you like the idea of writing or producing your own book or zine there is a self publishing fair at Quad in Derby this Saturday. It is free to attend and will include talks and workshops.