Life Writing: Travel and Memoir

Mon 27 Aug - Sat 01 Sep 2018
Tutors / John Harrison & Katharine Norbury
Guest Reader / Dan Boothby
Course Fee / From £495 - £625 per person
Genre / Non-Fiction
Language / English

“Not a foot steps into the snow, or along the ground, but prints in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march.” It is 167 years since Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those words. Yet in a world that we can now traverse in the click of a mouse, leaving only an electronic footprint, the abiding allure of travel writing, writing about the natural world, and memoir inspired by place is stronger than ever. Through discussions, workshops and tutorials this course encourages us to set aside the smartphone and mouse and pick up a notebook and pen, turning our vision outward, as we explore the process of transforming of our own journeys and encounters from lived experience into abiding story.

Join award winning travel writer John Harrison and acclaimed memoirists Katharine Norbury and Dan Boothby in opening out the myriad possibilities inherent in writing about place.


John Harrison

John Harrison is an award-winning travel, history and fiction writer and an experienced lecturer who made his fiftieth trip to Antarctica at the end of 2014. He has rounded Cape Horn fifteen times, and one of his key area of interest is Latin America. Cloud Road: A Journey Through the Inca Heartland, was the 2011 Wales Book of the Year. Forgotten Footprints won the British Guild of Travel Writers best narrative guide book award of 2014.

Katharine Norbury

Katharine Norbury trained as a film editor with the BBC and has worked extensively in film and television drama. She was The Observer's rising star in non-fiction, 2015. The Fish Ladder is her first book, shortlisted for the 2016 Wainwright Prize, long listed for the Guardian First Book Award and a Telegraph Book of the Year. She is a regular contributor to the Observer New Review and Caught By The River, and teaches writing about place.


Guest Reader

Dan Boothby

Dan Boothby grew up in a commune in Norfolk. After studying Arabic at Durham University and in Syria at L’Institut Français d’Études Arabes de Damas, he wrote guidebooks, travelled extensively and sailed over 40,000 miles on long-distance yacht deliveries. Island of Dreams: A Personal History of a Remarkable Place, a memoir of his time on a tiny Scottish island living in the former home of naturalist and author Gavin Maxwell, was published to critical acclaim in 2015 by Picador.

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