Barry Lillie

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Barry is a professional writer who specialises in non-fiction for the international, English speaking magazine market and trade press. Barry had over fifty professionally performed plays under his belt before turning to features writing, he is mostly experienced in arts, travel and food writing; he’s written for a varied mix of publications, including, Different Scene, Restaurant Life, US Brides, Gay Times and Catholic News, to name a few. As a travel writer he’s been privileged to have experienced many diverse cultures. Experiences include being kidnapped in the Middle East, trekking through the jungles in Borneo and surviving 79 days in a camper van touring New Zealand. Barry has a particular passion for anything Italian and has made the Italian region of Abruzzo his home, which he refers to as, Italy’s best kept secret.
When he’s not writing magazine articles he enjoys being immersed in the Italian way of life, and is often found in his local bar enjoying a coffee and catching up on village gossip. Barry is currently working towards producing a book of traditional Italian regional recipes and in the meantime keeps a blog where you can read all about his life in Abruzzo and the eccentricities of rural Italy, the web address is, http://
intheflatfieldidogetbored.wordpress.com

Articles by Barry Lillie

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 09:39
Italy is among the world's largest producers and exporters of olive oil. The olive harvest (la raccolta delle olive) is currently under way, and, afte…
Wed, 11/18/2015 - 02:41
Following on from our recent look at Italy’s iconic scooter, La vespa, we’ll look at a brief history of another iconic vehicle, the much loved Fiat 50…
Thu, 09/17/2015 - 04:03
Photo by: 055Firenze.it Love it or loathe it there’s no escaping from graffiti and though many people think it’s the scourge of modern society the tru…
Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:20
Photo: Renata Scotto, Wikimedia Commons Italy has always been considered to be the home of opera and because of this has produced many great singers,…
Mon, 07/13/2015 - 14:29
Strada delle 52 gallerie and Rifugio Papa - Ph: wp.caipievedisoligo.it For you’re interested in the Great War and/or engineering achievements then a v…
Mon, 06/22/2015 - 09:02
Taking their name from the Greek for ‘high sea’, the Pelagian Islands, (Isole Pelagie) are closer to Africa than their political and administrative ho…
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:43
With impressive theatrical credits like, Desdemona in Shakespeare’s, Othello, notable film performances and the lead roles in Peter Pan and Alice in W…
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:53
Throughout the summer months, posters adorn Italian walls with the word ‘sagra’ clearly taking prominent position in the advertising, so what does thi…
Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:00
On February 14th, late into the third century AD, a man by the name of Valentinus was martyred; we know this to be a fact, however the details of the…
Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:30
One of the joys of spending time in Italy is its open-air markets, everything, from the aroma of porchetta to the vibrant colours of sun-ripened produ…
Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:30
Continuing with our articles documenting the islands around Italy, we have previously featured the Aegadian and Aeolian Islands, and this feature will…
Wed, 01/21/2015 - 02:30
With more and more established artists embracing the house concert phenomenon, is it really a new concept to have professional musicians perform for a…
Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:01
Italy has castles in abundance, in fact our story That Castle on your Coin pointed out that there are 747 of them. Italy has a rich history of both be…
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:00
The relatively new ‘missed call’ trend used by young people to communicate via their mobile phones has crossed barriers and is now universally accepte…
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:00
Traditionally made by the man of the house, gnocchi are a classic part of Italian cuisine, particularly in the north of Italy where this simple dish o…
Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:00
Almost every country and culture celebrates New Year, and Italy is no different, with many Italians continuing to hold on to traditional customs, whic…
Sun, 12/28/2014 - 02:00
There is one painting in the Loeser Collection at Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio that never fails to intrigue the visitors that come to gaze at it. This p…
Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:15
No one enjoys a city break with inclement weather and sightseeing in most European cities during December and January means the seasonal temperatures…
Wed, 12/03/2014 - 05:02
After spending a year in Italy studying its cuisine, in 1954 Elizabeth David wrote what is still considered one of the most comprehensive, if not the…
Mon, 12/01/2014 - 10:05
If you’re a music fan, then Milan could be the city for you. In fact, music and Milan go hand in hand, with venues that cater for every musical taste.…

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