Given that every CULTURESCOPE episode comes packed with goodies, each standalone segment merits a closer look.
In this video, taken from Season 1, Episode 3 of CULTURESCOPE, host of the popular web series Paul Lambis interviews Nikki Marmery, a historical fiction writer with Greek Cypriot heritage, who lives with her family in a small village outside London.
Marmery’s grandparents were originally from Paphos, and her connection to her island-based family and Cyprus itself, remain strong.
As for her debut historical novel, ‘On Wilder Seas’ concerns the true story of Maria, a woman who sailed on the galleon ‘Golden Hind’, during Francis Drake’s circumnavigation voyage in 1579. The book is inspired by the ‘Anonymous Narrative’, an eye-witness account of the voyage kept at the British Library in London, in which Maria is mentioned in passing.
“Drake had raided the ship [Maria] was on,” explains Marmery. “She was on a Spanish merchant ship and, as Francis Drake was sailing up the Pacific coast of America, he raided this ship.
“He took treasure, he took food and he also took this woman Maria, and she stayed on board for eight months.
“She was there when Drake explored North America, she was there when Drake set up a colony in North America called Nova Albion, and she was there when he crossed the Pacific Ocean.
“But then she was abandoned on a desert island in Indonesia when she was heavily pregnant.”
Profoundly moved, Marmery says she found the bare facts of that situation so horrifying that “I wanted to go away and find out as much as I could about her”.
And from there her novel took shape. The book is available through all the island’s English-language outlets, as well as via online sellers, or through Marmery’s website, which you can visit here.
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