by Dr Heather Skinner
Corfu is a small Greek island in the Ionian Sea. Its location is just to the East of the heel of Italy, and to the West of the Greek mainland and the coast of Albania.
Corfu gathered popularity as an island tourism destination during the 1970s and 80s, particularly with visitors from the UK, although tourism to the island had started much earlier than that.
If you would like to enjoy this beautiful island in person there is still time. The deadline for submission of 1000 word abstracts has been extended to 7th January 2019.
One group of rather long-term visitors from the UK were the Durrell family who came to the island in 1935. After her husband died, Louisa Durrell and her family returned to the UK from India where she had grown up, and where her children had been born. Her eldest son, Lawrence became a well-respected writer, her youngest son Gerald became a world-renowned zookeeper and conservationist. Lawrence and his wife Nancy had already moved to Corfu, Gerald and the rest of the family arrived on the island when Gerald was only 10 years old, living there until 1939 when the family moved back to the UK.
The Durrells, based on the time the family spent in Corfu, is a UK television series that aired for 3 seasons starting in 2016, with the final 4th season due to air in 2019. As a result of the popularity of the TV programme, showcasing the life and particularly nature on the island that inspired the young Gerald to pursue a career with animals, Corfu has just been announced as the winner of the award for Best European Location in the Film and TV Industries at the European Film Commission Network Location Awards.
You can experience the beauty of the island first hand at our 6th Corfu Symposium on Managing & Marketing Places that will be held 6-9 May 2019. The call for papers is open, and more details on the event can be found here.