Jim Potts -- Corfu
The book launch took place on May 31th
the Medelhavsmuseet (The Museum of Mediterranean)
Reviews to date: Athens News, 21 July 2006 ("the book
makes a positive contribution towards an understanding of modern Greece");
Edition, 22 June 2006 ("He has internalised vast knowledge of Greek culture
and here offers a compact but varied expression of it"); review of reading
and book launch, Gotlands Tidningar newspaper, Gotland, 27
June 2006: "Jim Potts varvar anekdoter med högläsning, humor
med filosofiska betraktelse, politik och kärlek... Jim Potts musikaliska
brittiska låter nästan öronen glömma den språkliga
betydelsen för att njuta.".
JIM POTTS, OBE, was Director of the British Council in
(2000-2004). He worked for the British Council for 35
1969-2004, and served in many different countries in
roles (Cultural Attaché and Director in Prague
film-maker and TV producer in Ethiopia and Kenya, Regional
in Northern Greece and cultural relations practitioner
where he served for seven years as British Council Director,
Sydney). He was Head of East and Central Europe Department
he worked at Council Headquarters in London. He is the
with Judith Black, of the anthology Swedish Reflections,
from Beowulf to Bergman (Arcadia, London, 2003). He
played a leading
role in some ground-breaking cultural relations and public
campaigns such as the 1997 “New Images, Australia and
the 21st Century”, “New Wales in New South Wales”, “Scotland
Sweden”, “British Design Season”, “UK Country of
British Literature Focus” at the 2004 Gothenburg Book
Fair, as well
as helping to initiate the Literary Links touring exhibition
book (Roslyn Russell, Allen and Unwin, 1997), which celebrated
literary relationship between Australia and Britain.
Jim is the author of The Ionian Islands and Epirus,
A Cultural History (Signal Books, Oxford, and OUP, USA, 2010).
Jim studied English Literature at Oxford University (Wadham
and Film-Making at Bristol University. In the course
of his career he
has made educational and documentary films (such as “The
Art-Form of Ethiopia", available on YouTube,
Jim's blog (corfublues.blogspot.com), which covers international
cultural, literary, environmental and political topics,
is widely read.
He has written articles for various publications. Some
of his poems
have been published in Greek, Czech (“16 Poems”, Prague,
Romanian and Swedish. He has lectured on Greek poetry
and on English poetry and the visual arts (eg Art and
Recent publications include chapters about Greece in Travel,
Tourism and Identity (ed. Gabriel R. Ricci, 2015), and
in The Ionian Islands, Aspects of their History and Culture (ed. Anthony
Hirst and Patrick
Jim has produced several blues CDs of his own, and assisted
American producer Christopher King on two recent CDs
field-recordings of traditional Epirot Music, issued
on the JSP label.
Jim lives in Dorset, England, and is married to the Corfiot
and short-story writer, Maria Strani-Potts.
Jim and Maria were two of the three co-editors of the
Dorset Voices: A Collection of New Prose, Poetry and Photography (Foreword: HRH The Prince of
Wales, Roving Press, 2012).
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