Currently on a writing retreat in Liz Davis’ house in Douarnenez. At the beginning of this harbour city in Britanny (Fr) was an island, known as Île de Tristan. Hence the city’s name: Land of Island. A more pragmatic nick name is Sardine Town; the fishing industry and its ‘conserveries’ (specialised factories for canned fish) shaped the social and economic fabric of Douarnenez and Tréboul, the sister town on the other side of the port (Le Maroc according to locals). Myths abound here – one much told legend is of the swallowed city of Ys, beneath the bay.