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Greek islands - Ireland by Kayak

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 04 June 2011

John McCarthy talks to travel journalist Harry Bucknall about his journey round the Greek islands which vary from the crowded to the deserted and novelist Meaghan Delahunt reveals her love of Naxos an island less frequented by tourists. They discuss the appeal of the islands to the history lover and the holidaymaker.

John also meets the writer Jasper Winn who paddled his way around Ireland in a kayak. The journey led him to see his home island from a new perspective with its wild coastline, wildlife - and wild winds which on one occasion stranded him on an uninhabited island.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Harry Bucknall

    is a travel journalist. His first travel book, In the Dolphin’s Wake is an account of his journey round the Greek Islands. There could be as many as 2000 Greek islands including the uninhabited ones, some such as Crete, Rhodes and Corfu are well known to the travellers, others like Antikythera are tiny and sparsely populated.

    In the Dolphin's Wake: Cocktails, Calamities and Caiques in the Greek Islands
    Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing Ltd
    ISBN-10: 1903071348
    ISBN-13: 978-1903071342

    Find out more about Harry Bucknall
  • Meaghan Delahunt

    is an award winning novelist originally from Australia. Her latest book entitled To the Island, is set on the Greek island of Naxos in Cyclades. Meaghan now lives part of the year on the island.

    To the Island
    Publisher: Granta Books
    ISBN-10: 1847081819
    ISBN-13: 978-1847081810

    Find out more about Meaghan Delahunt
  • Jasper Winn

    is a travel writer brought up in County Cork. He left home at 16 travelling in Europe. In thirty years of travel Jasper has canoed the length of the Danube, cycled across the Sahara and roller-skated through the Netherlands. His latest travelogue is an account of the three months he spent paddling his own kayak all around the island of Ireland.

    Paddle A long way round Ireland
    Publisher: Sort of Books
    ISBN-10: 0956003885
    ISBN-13: 978-0956003881

    Find out more about Jasper Winn


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