Looking back at our archive of pages it seems the first dated postings to the Travels in Search of… blog were 14th September 2015 so we are a year old this month, September 2016. We have learnt a great deal about travel blogging and those associated with this research blog have enjoyed some huge successes in their research careers. Zoe Roberts, our first Research Masters in Travel Writing with Plymouth University sailed through her viva voce examination in the summer and has won a funded scholarship to go on to study for her PhD.
Tim Hannigan, the travel writer who contributes so much to our writing workshops, practicum days and conferences on Place Writing and Narrative has also won a scholarship to investigate his own writing practice at PhD level.
A group of us working on writing about the city of Nantes won a pump-priming grant from SICSA to help us prepare for a larger project bid with partner universities and industry. And I will be presenting some of my work from this on travel writing and place branding at a conference on 10th November 2016 at Clermont-Ferrand University on cultural innovation in territorial management. I hope you can join us there. We also have a paper accepted in the journal Digital Philology from Johns Hopkins University.
In the new teaching semester within the School of Tourism & Hospitality with Modern Languages, Dr Natalie Semley is our new Programme Leader for the BSc degrees. Travel Writing and Literary Tourism are now at the heart of our first module in tourism knowledge with fieldwork in Concarneau on the literary trail of their famous yellow dog in October 2016.