Ylva, Eressos, and Caring

I drive across Europe at least once or twice a year, and one of my watering holes is Frankfurt where I chill out for a few days with Astrid and Daniela of Ylva Publishing. This year I took away a couple of crates of books for a special event.

The Women’s Festival in Eressos, Lesbos http://www.womensfestival.eu/ kicked off on 5th September with a big party in the open air cinema. The festival runs for a fortnight and it’s done and dusted now and I am only adding the link incase some of you fancy coming over next year. If you’re going to visit the cradle of Western civilisation you may as well do it while there’s a wild lesbian festival going on. But that’s just my opinion.

Ylva was at this opening in the form of me and my mate Karo. We had a small, thrown up table between the entrance and the bar, so we caught everyone somehow or other, and we gave them free books. Yep. We simply handed out free Ylva books. Twas a thing of beauty. The only catch – and it wasn’t even that – was that a small donation could be made to the local agencies dealing with the Refugees. I had a wee tin on the table and it was soon brimful. In all, we raised 252.18 euros that will go towards baby formula and nappies, as that is top of the local ‘need’ list at the moment.

This is only a scratch on the surface, but I know Astrid is already thinking of other ways to help. The plight of these people is felt intensely throughout Europe, if not the rest of the world.

The local people working on the ground are a fantastic bunch of volunteers. They are motivated and well- organised where the government is not. And the tourists are excellent too. They bring bagfuls of clothing and towels as the airlines are allowing travellers to carry an extra free suitcase of donated goods. Everyone is doing the best they can, yet men, women, and children are still drowning in these beautiful waters.

Please consider the plight of these people kindly, and where possible support any relief for the refugees coming into Europe. Any one of us can look back and see a place in time when our own ancestors had to make similar journeys for similar reasons. It’s all part of the human condition, it’s a journey we all share across time and cultures.


  1. OMG, I was there and I have exchanged a few words with Gill McKnight without recognizing her as the author. Too bad I didn’t really have been able to talk to you, Gill. You have both done a good job and I’m glad I have been able to contribute something too.


  2. Great job Gill and Ylva, what a wonderful cause that I wish wasn’t in need. If We can all do a little bit more it would help immensely. Thanks for letting us know.


  3. “Any one of us can look back and see a place in time when our own ancestors had to make similar journeys for similar reasons.”

    YES! Thank you for that statement!

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