Posts on Corsican themes.

Seneca in Corsica The Roman senator and philosopher spent several miserable years in exile on the island in the first century A.D.

Paoli in London ‘The 18th century Che Guevara’ produced one of the first constitutions of the enlightenment era and fought for his country’s independence – achieved between 1755 and 1769.

Boswell in Corsica The Scottish lawyer and writer supported Pasquale Paoli’s campaign for Corsican independence and visited the island in 1765.

Edward Lear in Corsica Lear toured Corsica in 1868 and was an accomplished and well-travelled zoological, botanical and landscape artist as well as a comic poet.

Matisse in Corsica How a visit to Corsica in 1898 inspired Matisse to experiment with colour and invent Fauvism’.

When Corsica welcomed thousands of Serb refugees Five thousand Serb refugees were evacuated to the island in 1916 to escape conflict and persecution and supported by British volunteers, including the extraordinary suffragist and peace activist, Kathleen Courtney.

Conrad in Corsica Conrad visited Corsica in 1921 and modelled one of his characters on a Corsican seaman comrade.

Escher in Corsica The Dutch artist visited Corsica in 1928 and produced some beautiful prints of Calvi, Corte and Bonifacio.

John Minton in Corsica The brilliant English artist travelled to Corsica in 1947 to sketch for a travel book.

Sebald in Corsica   W.G.Sebald’s ‘Campo Santo’ is a collection of short fragmentary pieces with Corsican settings intended for a never-completed book about the island.

Village wisdom: Corsican proverbs and sayings A compendium of laconic sayings summing up our relationship with money, beauty, love and the passage of time using the imagery of food and wine, saucepans, barrels, foxes and dogs amongst other things.

The Last Corsican Jacques Modoloni’s apocalyptic story imagines the elimination of Corsica.

My Islands Line Mariani Playfair recollects her journey from Corsica to Britain and her relationship with her both islands.

Poem: Corsica takes the shape of the island with each line one word shorter or longer than the previous one.

About Eddie Playfair

I am a Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC) having previously been a college principal for 16 years and a teacher before that. I live in East London and I blog in a personal capacity about education and culture. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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2 Responses to Posts on Corsican themes.

  1. nivekd says:

    Thanks, Eddie. I’ve really enjoyed re-reading your Corsica posts. They bring back happy memories of our (sadly) only visit (so far!) too long ago – in June 2002. My goodness, it was hot!


    • Thanks Kevin… and it’s hot again, although the difference between Ajaccio and London temperatures has narrowed markedly. Both were on 32 or 33 degrees for most of this week! We’ve had a lovely week and I’ve been inspired to write some more posts on Corsican themes.


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