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 the Roma,  Ashkali and Egyptian community in Fushe Kosove. Get in touch through Facebook or by email  (  if you're interested in volunteering with us or offering other support.


My experiences and adventures in Kosovo since 2006 have inspired a range of writing, and you can also find here the details of my new book, about the friendship which started the work of The Ideas Partnership in the community of Fushe Kosove near Prishtina. The Rubbish-Picker's Wife; an unlikely friendship in Kosovo tells the story of what happens when you find your community, but it's a long way from home. There is also information about my previous bookTravels in Blood and Honey; becoming a beekeeper in Kosovoand Edith and I; on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo.  You'll also find links to my  published poetry,  and to  my journalism on life and culture in Kosovo and Albania including my recent pieces on BBC Radio 4's 'From Our Own Correspondent telling the story of manhole covers in Kosovo and the 'ill winds' of Montenegro 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.

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. 

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 and the English Speaking Union,  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 or my recent TEDx talk

Contact me on  or follow me on Twitter  @ElizabethGowing  

[photo credit: UNV Kosovo]

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