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Remembering Rupert Brooke this springtime on the beautiful Greek island of Skyros . . .

Rupert Brooke, the great English romantic poet, died in the opening months of the First World War on April 23, 1915 on a hospital ship off Skyros island. His remains rest in a serene olive grove on the island's southern coast, a 'corner of a foreign field that is forever England'. Join us this May to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death and celebrate his life's works, as well as to enjoy the island at this especially lovely time of year.

This special week-long event on Skyros island runs from Sunday 24 to Saturday 30 May and offers opportunities for creative writing, poetry, drawing, singing, songwriting, walks, talks and visits. The event will be facilitated by singer, composer and artist Susie Self, granddaughter of John Drinkwater, one of the Dymock Poets that included Rupert Brooke, and Kevan Manwaring, author and specialist on Brooke's poetry.

We are delighted to announce that Mike Read - radio disc jockey, writer, journalist and television presenter - will also be joining us. Mike is the founder of the Rupert Brooke Society and created a museum at the Orchard Grantchester. He wrote Brooke's biography Forever England: The Life of Rupert Brooke as well as writing music to Brooke's verse as performed by the Kings College Choir and the Eton College Chapel Choir. 

Dates: Sunday 24 - Saturday 30 May 2015

Price: £545.00 includes 6 nights half-board, twin shared accommodation, Skyros courses, talks and visits. Single upgrades are available.

Friend of Skyros: those who have previously been on a Skyros holiday before receive a £50.00 Friends of Skyros discount.

Travel: fly to Athens and then take the Aegean Airlines domestic flight to Skyros island on Sunday 24 May at 14.35. See www.aegeanair.en. On the return, travel back with the early morning ferry and coach to Athens airport on Saturday 30 May. Alternatively, book to stay with us in Skyros village for an extra night and take the domestic flight back to Athens on Sunday 31 May.

Book your place on this very special anniversary event by calling us on +44 (0)1983 86 55 66 or email to secure your place.

The Skyros Island Support Fund . . .

Support Fund raised over €27,000 and fuel is now regularly being delivered to schools, clinics and nursing homes ...

On Thursday 21st March 2013, sat before steaming cups of coffee and humming computers, the Skyros team sent out a newsletter announcing the new Skyros Island Support Fund – a charitable fundraising initiative with the specific aim of raising €20,000 for heating Skyros island's schools, clinic and nursing home during the winter of 2013 / 2014. This was established due to lack of funds as Greek government subsidies for the purpose had dried up.

Due to your generosity, we were delighted to announce that we, not only reached our target, but surpassed it too. The total raised was €27,018.41! We were delighted to confirm that on Monday the 11th of November 2013, the first instalment of fuel was delivered to the five schools on the island. This includes the nurseries and the primary and secondary schools. This cost a total of €5.090,40, leaving the fund still with €21,928.01. The next fuel delivery was January 2014 and fuel has ever since been regularly delivered.

Fuel for the nursing home and clinic was delivered soon after and then essential supplies worth over €10,000 for the local hospital. Since, we have been working closely with the local community to ensure that all funds raised go directly to where they are needed most, and that prices obtained ensure the funds go as far as possible.

Overwhelmed (in a good way) with your response, we would like to to say a massive efharistó (thank you) to everyone who contributed. You have truly helped make a difference for so many islanders over the past winters and our fingers are crossed for another life changing season for the Skyrians, 2015.