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Monthly Meeting: Edith and I; on the Trail of an Edwardian Traveller in Kosovo – Elizabeth Gowing

Date and time: 22nd September 2021 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm

This talk by Elizabeth draws on her adventures and  is based on her book of the same name. In 1900, Europe’s last wilderness was explored by a most unlikely champion, a stout, stubborn Englishwoman who travelled in her tam o’shanter across the Accursed Mountains into Kosovo. Edith Durham was dubbed ‘Queen of the Highlanders’ by the Albanians who honoured her for her anthropological writing, her humanitarian aid and her tireless lobbying for their cause. One hundred years later, I came to Kosovo and also fell in love with the country. Dividing my time between there and London, I unravelled Edith’s story through archives and museum collections in Britain and retraced Edith’s steps in Kosovo.

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