Writer Wednesday – Meet Anthony Stancomb
Anthony was another author I met through Goodreads and must say was intrigued by his story and inspired by his move to the very small island of Vis, Croatia. He has not only seen it all, he’s done it all! From working on feature films to the BBC, into the art world and even being married to Ivana an award winning author herself, Anthony seemed to want what many of us travellers want – to find a place where no one knows your name and you couldn’t be happier!
Writer Wednesday would like to introduce Anthony Stancomb
Educated at Wellington College, St Andrews University and the London Film School, I first worked in Feature films and political documentaries – which led to setting up a private mercy airlift operation to Biafra. But after being shot down, and needing a job, I joined BBC television Current Affairs department. I then moved to ITV where for several years I produced social issues and arts programmes.
In my mid-thirties I left to set up a company that promoted and sold British contemporary art to galleries throughout the world, and created a global distribution network that, by the end, was turning over £10 million.
After twenty years, discovering the island of Vis, and realising that running a commercial venture was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I sold the company to my main American rival, and moved to the island.
Ivana, my wife, is the winner of the Woman of the Year Award for Literature in 2000, and is the granddaughter of the Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. With two children who now live in London, we now divide our time between Croatia and London.
Do you have any tips for visitors to Vis, Croatia? Must see places, things to do or eat?
Just hang around the waterfront, and you will see life happening – the busyness of everyday life, the happiness of children playing, the arguments between warring families, lovers in their own worlds, fishermen unloading their catches, harassed haggling between traders, the daily round of life……
You need to hire a boat to go round the coves and beaches and the hidden fishermen’s restaurants. Where you can eat swim and lie in the sun.
The best food is grilled fish and lamb, and they do wonderful things with octopuses and squid!
The Island of Vis where I now live. Living in a backwater of the world, now gives me great happiness.
How many countries have you visited?
If you could describe your method of travel in one word, what would it be?
Travelling on a small boat.
What is your must have travel accessory?
A Lonely Planet Guide to wherever I am.
What is your most memorable travel moment?
Exiting the Gare du Nord into a teeming street aged 19, and realising the city was there for me to discover.
What is your dream destination?
Palmyra, before they destroy it entirely
Do you have any upcoming trips? If so, to where?
Serbia and Albania
How has travel changed you?
I’m more open to other people’s take on the world.
Your book is called centers around your move to Vis, a small island off the coast of Croatia, what is it that made you want to move there?
The relaxed way of life and the indescribable beauty (though I do try to describe it in my books), but also the busy daily life and the company of friends and neighbours
One year to write, two years to rewrite (with aid of agent) and wait for him to find a publisher.
Do you have any new books on the horizon?
Yes, A travel memoir about our surrounding four Balkan countries.
What is your favourite travel book?
William Dalrymple – City of Djinns
What is your favourite travel quote?
“Hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. “ ~ C P Cavafy
Thanks to Anthony Stancomb for sharing his story with us and if you’d like to purchase his book Notes from a Very Small Island check it out here.