To The Lake, By Kapka Kassabova

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The term ‘Balkanise’ came into being a century ago to describe a region fragmented into smaller mutually hostile states.

Kapka Kassabova explores her own family’s ties to the south-west Balkans and their fractured history of exile, discord and harmony. A place which has at its heart two lakes of exceptional beauty and wilderness, and a gathering of many stories and voices.

Written by Kapka Kassabova
Read by Clare Corbett
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Kapka Kassabova explores her family's long history in the south-west Balkans.

022020021820200219 (R4)

In search of some kind of understanding of the fragmented identities of her maternal family and the overlapping histories that she inherited, Kapka Kassabova returns to the ancient lake town of Ohrid.

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was on the verge of civil meltdown and the author had no idea what she would find in her grandmother’s town.

Written by Kapka Kassabova
Read by Clare Corbett
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

The author returns to the ancient lake town of Ohrid in the South West Balkans.

Kapka Kassabova explores her family's long history in the south-west Balkans.

032020021920200220 (R4)

Two Ohridians meet in Sofia, Bulgaria. Why were these two young people living so far from their beautiful lake? The rest is family history for Kapka Kassabova.

Written by Kapka Kassabova
Read by Clare Corbett
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Two Ohridians meet in Sofia, Bulgaria. The rest is family history for Kapka Kassabova.

Kapka Kassabova explores her family's long history in the south-west Balkans.

042020022020200221 (R4)

In the summer and autumn of 2018, Kapka Kassabova spends time discovering the people and stories of Lake Ohrid, and learns about her family during the course of her journey.

Written by Kapka Kassabova
Read by Clare Corbett
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

In the summer and autumn of 2018, Kapka discovers the people and stories of Lake Ohrid.

Kapka Kassabova explores her family's long history in the south-west Balkans.

052020022120200222 (R4)

The term ‘Balkanise’ came into being a century ago to describe a region fragmented into smaller mutually hostile states. In this final episode, Kapka Kassabova drives south to the Greek segment of Lake Prespa. There, she plans to meet up with a friend from London, Nick who like her has a hybrid family history - the result of earlier geopolitical games. The Lake itself holds the human stories.

Written by Kapka Kassabova
Read by Clare Corbett
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

The author drives south to the Greek segment of Lake Prespa.

Kapka Kassabova explores her family's long history in the south-west Balkans.