Events

The Patrick Leigh Fermor Society organises events for the benefit of its members, details of which can be seen below.

Tour of Greece, 7th to 19th May 2017

Another tour is planned this year, similar to the very successful tour last June, including visits to Athens, Mycenae, Epidavros,  Nafplion, Hydra, Lemonodassos, Mystras, Kardamyli and the Mani, then to Crete – Knossos, Rethymnon, the Amari Valley and ending at Rodakino, from which the Kreipe party were evacuated in 1944.

The tour is strictly limited to no more than twenty travellers. Cost: 3250 Euros per head (party of 16-20), 3500 EU (party of 10-15), including Athens-Heraklion flights, all private ground transportation, hotels, breakfasts, 16 lunches or dinners, conference fees, and guide fees.

To register or request further details, please email info-anti-spam-bit@patrickleighfermorsociety.org.

The battle for Crete, May 1941 - a personal perspective

Simon Forrester

DATE: Tuesday 23rd May 2017   TIME: 7:15pm   LOCATION: Friends Room, Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London, W1U 5AS

Following their evacuation from Greece and arrival in Crete early in May, 1941, Paddy and Simon’s father Michael Forrester had been staying with Prince Peter in his villa near Chania. Events then began to move quickly, with the German invasion of Crete beginning on 20 May, and this talk looks in detail at some of those events.

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Previous events

19 January 2015
CURATING THE PADDY LEIGH FERMOR ARCHIVE
David McClay, curator of the archives at the National Library of Scotland, on recent activities and future plans.

9 March 2015
WALKING ACROSS EUROPE IN PADDY’S FOOTSTEPS
Nick Hunt, author of Walking the Woods and the Water, recounts his modern day ‘great trudge’, walking in Paddy’s footsteps from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul.

16 April 2015
A ROMANIAN ROMANCE: PADDY IN TRANSYLVANIA AND MORAVIA
Alan Ogden, author of Romania Revisited, with Michael de Styrcea, Serban Cantacuzino and Marie-Lyse Ruhemann.

19 May 2015
ABDUCTING A GENERAL – PLANNING, EXECUTION AND SEQUELAE
Chris and Peter White have researched and recorded over 60 locations used by SOE in Crete during the Second World War, including the route taken by the Kreipe operation.

8 September 2015
PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR IN GREECE - ARTEMIS COOPER
Artemis Cooper is the author of Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure.

10 November 2015
PADDY’S WORLD – JOHN JULIUS NORWICH
John Julius Norwich is patron of the Patrick Leigh Fermor Society and knew PLF for more than fifty years.

1 February 2016
PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR AND SOE IN CRETE – COSTAS MAMALAKIS
Costas Mamalakis is Crete’s leading expert on the Second World War and the resistance in Crete.

5 July 2016
JOURNEYING THE GREEK ISLANDS: FROM VENICE TO ISTANBUL - WITH A LAST WORD FROM PLF - HARRY BUCKNALL
Harry Bucknall is author of In the Dolphin’s Wake and Like a Tramp, Like a Pilgrim: On Foot across Europe to Rome.

6 October 2016
KING’S SCHOOL CANTERBURY EVENT
Presentation of Paddy’s life at the school by the KSC archivist Peter Henderson, the launch of Dashing for the Post, the letters of PLF edited by Adam Sisman, and talks by Artemis Cooper, PLF’s biographer on The Reluctant Subject: Writing the Life of Patrick Leigh Fermor, by Justin Marozzi, OKS, travel writer and historian on Remembering Paddy: From King's to Kardamyli and by Colin Thubron, President of the Royal Society of Literature on Paddy the Writer.

23 January 2017
WHERE IN THE MANI WAS THE FRANKISH CASTLE OF MEGALI MAINI (GRAND MAGNE)?
A New Synthesis of the Evidence by Michael Heslop, Royal Holloway, University of London..