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Cultural Connections 2013 .. the walk around the Ghost Village at Kaya

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Cultural Connections 2013 at Kaya, a week long of events that got off to a good start yesterday, Saturday.

The first event was a walk through the ghost village with Louis de Bernières , the author of the famous book, Birds Without Wings.

You can read more about the book here ...

It was a great day out .. we started by meeting at Gunays Garden at 2 pm. Gunays Garden is a lovely setting with a back drop of the ghost village,a perfect location for the start and finish of the walk. Most of the Cultural Connection 2013 events are to be held at Gunays Garden.

You can see more about Gunays Garden here ....

We set of for the walk and  went along the main road in Kaya towards the ruined ghost village after being welcomed to the Cultural Connections 2013 by Jane Akatay .

We entered the ghost village near to the main entrance and walked to the first church where we were treated to one of the many passages read from the book Birds Without Wings author Louis de Bernières . We stopped of at five  places throughout the village for his readings from his book. This guy is brilliant to listen to .. his knowledge of the village is outstanding and he also puts in  other little comments relevant to his book which he found out while doing his research before writing the book.

We ended the walk, one and half hours later, back at Gunays Garden where an afternoon tea awaited us. Louis had his book and posters of our walk available for sale and he was more than happy to sign them for you.

Another book available to buy, written by Dean Livesley and Jane Akatay, was A Guide to Kayakoy. This book is divided into three sections - Places , People and Walks, giving the readers diverse insights into the history, memories and walking routes for making the most of this evocative, atmospheric and unique environment.

You can read more  by visiting this site ..

The picture above is Louis himself reading one of his passages from his book. There are more photos taken while on the walk on  the gallery page here ...

For more information on the rest of the events of Cultural Connections 2013 at Kaya have a look here ...

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