The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan
My latest page, ‘ Wild Albania’, is a short piece that I read at the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network (Glosnet) event at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature a couple of years ago. Glosnet runs a competition each year and the winners read their pieces at the Festival, each reading to be not more than 5 minutes, hence the brevity of the work.
The story is a true account of a minor incident in my time as the team leader in a technical assistance project in Albania, advising the Social Insurance Fund on the collection of contributions. Since the overwhelming majority of the rural population did not contribute, this was no mean task. I was working for a Danish firm, PLS, and most of my team were young Danes. This was in the early 1990’s, not long after the revolution which overthrew Hoxa’s communist regime.