My Home is Your Home is getting around. This week, I set off for the small island of Antigua, in the eastern Caribbean. There’s a triple purpose to this visit: 1) I will give a presentation about my travel book on Syria at the Museum in the capital, St John’s.
Ive been invited to do this because, on my last visit, I gave a talk there about Ann Davison, the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic, making landfall at English Harbour. This time, my audience will include some of the 500 or so Syrians wh0 have made Antigua their home.
The second reason is to do some research for my next book which is about the glory days of Cork when the great sailing ships cast off loaded with delicious creamy butter bound mainly for – you’ve guessed it – Antigua.
This is also the subject of an RTE radio doc I’ll be making ( if the funding comes through) about this same butter and how it made the first part of its journey along the old butter roads of Kerry and Cork. The doc will be called From Cahirciveen to the Caribbean.
And my third reason for visiting Antigua – the last but far from the least – is to visit family including my gorgeous grandaughter whom I haven’t seen for nearly three years. And you’re not to tell anyone because she doesn’t know I’m coming! I’m her birthday present – one of them.