Monthly Archives: February 2016

Nantes, enfin.

Feb 26, 2016 |

  Well the field trip to Nantes is all set, again; this time with a group of undergraduates who are studying on one of Plymouth’s many modules in French language studies.  Crossing the Channel in January was perhaps rather ambitious of me, so this journey is set for 3rd May 2016.  We travel to Southampton by […more]

Mapping Literary Texts

Feb 21, 2016 |

Dr Graham Busby has just told me about Blunderbuss Magazine, and in particular, an article from February 2016 on topography in literary texts posted by Garth Greenwell.  The piece put me in mind of the mapping that I discovered and went on to use in my doctoral work on Simenon’s novel set in Brittany, The […more]

On the Loire

Feb 8, 2016 |

C S Forester’s Hornblower novel set during the Napoleonic Wars, Flying Colours (1938) does indeed use the River Loire as an important element throughout the novel.  I hardly dare say too much about the role of the river since the story relies for its excitement on its plot and I am firmly against spoilers in […more]

Tourism Knowledge Transfer Lab on G+

Feb 7, 2016 |

Tim has suggested a way of improving the dialogue around this Travel Writing blog by connecting to another channel for comments.  So, here goes, you can now discuss posts and comment on the blog within a Google+ Community called: Tourism Knowledge Transfer Lab, at this url https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104743057788309498430 or simply click here on TKT LAB.

The Soul of Place – A Creative Writing Workbook

Feb 2, 2016 |

Thanks so much, Charlie, for asking me to add a post about my new book The Soul of Place — A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci (Palo Alto: Travelers’ Tales, 2015, isbn 978-1609521035).  You describe me in a comment as a travel writer, but  I think of myself  more […more]