Monthly Archives: April 2016

Place-Writing Workshop with Linda Lappin on Greek island of Andros, July 2016

Apr 11, 2016 |

ISLANDS ARE FOR WRITERS Hello Charlie et al.  I wanted to let you know that registration is open for my place writing workshop to be held this summer on the Greek island of Andros from July 7 – 13, 2016 This will be a multigenre workshop based on my  new creative writing workbook published by […more]

A Must-See Place

Apr 10, 2016 |

Supporting my claim that readers build up a list of must-see places that their favourite authors frequented is this discovery in Rossi’s Le Voyageuse immortelle (2001, 10-11): Rossi remembers some friends of his saying they absolutely must see the former Broussais Hospital on the corner of rue Curie in the old Doulon quartier of Nantes […more]

Les Romanciers Nantais

Apr 8, 2016 |

Some types of research you simply cannot quantify, such as a chance text message to a friend in Brussels about my search for novels set in Nantes.  The results: he sent me a link to the WordPress site of the Novelists of Nantes or in French, Les Romanciers Nantais.  From over 120 books by about […more]


Apr 4, 2016 |

O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee, That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down, And steep my senses in forgetfulness? Shakespeare (c.1596) Henry IV Part 2, Act III, Scene 1, ll.1709-1712. This is Henry IV of England (1367-1413) with all the worries of how he will make […more]

Tourism Knowledge Transfer

Apr 2, 2016 |

Airport transfers are a perfect example of tourism knowledge transfer at its most practical level. I use the example of ferry departure points in one of my lectures as a mystery unknown to the holiday visitor; you can see my collected university lectures in tourism management online at The airport transfer mystery has just […more]