Memoir, History and Travel Writing – Life and Other Journeys

Mon 16 May 2016 - Sat 21 May 2016
Tutors / Justin Marozzi & Rory MacLean
Guest Reader / Jan Morris
Course Fee / From £495 - £625 per person
Genre / Non-Fiction
Language / English

At the heart of the finest travel books, memoirs and histories is a writer’s passion. In their work, Rory and Justin have explored diverse and distant cultures at the same time as their own passions, obsessions and memories. We will examine the building blocks of good storytelling — starting points, structure, voice, description of place and character — as well as encourage participants to write about the subjects that matter to them. Afternoons will be dedicated to one-to-one discussions, helping to draw out individual skills. Work will be discussed in depth, skills and techniques enhanced, with each text given special, personal attention. Both amateur and professional writers are welcome.


Justin Marozzi

Justin Marozzi is a travel writer and historian with a love of Herodotus and camels. His first book, South from Barbary, told the story of a long journey across the Libyan Sahara. A former foreign correspondent for the Financial Times, he has shared a Winnebago with Imelda Marcos, a helicopter with the Philippine president and his mistress and a curry with Aung San Suu Kyi whilst under house arrest in Rangoon. He has reported on various conflicts and revolutions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus, was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Described by the Sunday Telegraph as “the most brilliant of the new generation of travel writer-historians", Justin’s latest book, Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood, won the Royal Society of Literature’s 2015 Ondaatje Prize “for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place”.

Rory MacLean

Rory MacLean is the author of ten books including the UK top ten bestsellers Stalin's Nose and Under the Dragon. On his research journeys, he walked through the newly-opened Berlin Wall, met Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon and interviewed Pashtun elders at the Kacha Garhi refugee camp after the destruction of the World Trade Center. He has written about the missing civilians of the Yugoslav Wars for the ICRC, on divided Cyprus for the EU's Committee on Missing Persons and on North Korea for the British Council. He has won awards from the Canada Council and the Arts Council of England as well as a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary prize. His newest book Berlin: Imagine a City (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) was called “the most extraordinary work of history I've ever read” by the Washington Post.

Guest Reader

Jan Morris

Jan Morris is a historian, author, novelist and travel writer. She is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy (1968–78), a history of the British Empire; and for portraits of cities. In 1953 Jan was a correspondent for The Times, and was responsible for reporting the success of Hillary and Tenzing after accompanying them on the Mount Everest expedition. A Writer's World, a collection of her travel writing and reportage from over five decades, was published in 2003.

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