Writer of narrative non-fiction, fiction and poetry, Scotland
Europe’s Futures, Non-Resident Visiting Fellow
(September 2020 – June 2021)
People of the Mountain: Stories from a Balkan Ecosystem
I propose to research and write four pieces as part of the research for a book in progress, Elixir. They will focus on life in mountain villages in southern Bulgaria as microcosms of a geopolitically and economically marginalized Europe today, asking urgent questions about inequality and double standards, and what this says about the much-vaunted European values: what are the connections between environmental and human health, cultural syncretism and its relationship to tolerance, and is there such a thing as a modern European quasi-slave labour market?