This site offers information about my writing, my work in Kosovo, and how to book me as a speaker for groups in the UK.


I am one of the co-founders of The Ideas Partnership charitable NGO, which unleashes the power of volunteers in Kosovo to address challenges in the environment, education and cultural heritage, and to support Roma,  Ashkali and Egyptian communities. Last year, The Ideas Partnership was chosen by Prime Minister Theresa May as one of the 'Points of Light' for volunteering around the world. Get in touch through Facebook or by email  (office@theideaspartnership.org)  if you're interested in volunteering with us or offering other support.

My agent is Jennifer Barclay.

My new book, Unlikely Positions in Unlikely Places: a yoga journey around Britain, comes out with Bradt in June.

'Elizabeth Gowing is not a likely yogini. She is too fond of chocolate and To-do lists, and sometimes falls over on her mat.

'But yoga has taken her on journeys both inside and out, and now she follows yoga around Britain - from the village hall where a quivering triangle pose was interrupted by the council recycling collection, to a gong bath in the country's noisiest city, from Cornwall to Scotland. She discovers prisoners finding solace in Child pose; children finding expression in Dancer pose, and dancers sitting bendily in Cobbler pose. Her feet start to hurt and she realises that yoga is a current of shared experience that runs quietly through British society, through Middle England to the nation's extremes. In schools and hospitals, from Newcastle to Nottingham, Wales to West Kilbride, she untangles the Ashtanga from the Kundalini, the Sanskrit from the whimsical new-age, and finds the ways that yoga is rebuilding communities and lives - and her own wobbling body.

'Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, Gowing evokes the characters and communities she meets along a fascinating journey in a celebration of ancient wisdom solving modern-day problems, and the exultation of finally mastering the Crow.'
There is also information about my previous books,  Travels in Blood and Honey; becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo, Edith and I; on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo, The Rubbish-Picker's Wife; an unlikely friendship in Kosovo and The Silver Thread; a journey through Balkan craftsmanshipYou'll also find links to my  published poetry,  and to  my journalism on life and culture in the Balkans including my recent pieces on BBC Radio 4's 'From Our Own Correspondent telling the story of manhole covers in Kosovo or Kosovo's sportsmen's ghostsAlbania's adventurous pelicans and her flourishing underwear industry, the 'ill winds' of Montenegro the vineyards in Serbia which saved Europe's wine, or a previous Radio 4 piece about the  'Trouble-shooting Teddies of Tirana'  which is available to listen to or to read as an article on the BBC website.

My recommendations for a snowy break in Kosovo appeared in the Guardian this winter, and The Irish Times published my guide to Tirana.


 





I wrote the text for this new TV ad for tourism in Albania which gives some gorgeous glimpses of this beautiful part of the world, elaborated in my piece on Albania for TravelPulse and my recent piece on the thermal springs of Permet, southern Albania.

My piece about the 10 kinds of book you should take with you when you travel was recently published on the Female First website. How many of the 10 are in your rucksack this summer?

Buy  Edith and I, Travels in Blood and Honey and  The Rubbish-Picker's Wife;  an unlikely friendship in Kosovo on Amazon.
Find out information here about having me as a speaker at your school or group  (over the last few years I've spoken in schools,  universities,  BBC Radio 4,  ABC Radio in Australia,  beekeeper groups,  bookshop signings and ticketed events,  a cookery demo at the London Book Fair,  women's groups, branches of U3A, the English Speaking Union, and NADFAS/ The Arts Society  and to foodies,  literary festivals,  museums,  a lifeboat station and a jazz club).






 
You can also watch the video produced by LandRover featuring me in the Accursed Mountains of Albania, my 2015 TEDx talk or my TEDx talk from September 2017.

Contact me on elizabeth.gowing@hotmail.com  or follow me on Twitter  @ElizabethGowing  My agent is Jennifer Barclay
 

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