Leap Local magazine, What on earth? has launched and I am very proud to say they have used one of my pieces in their WTF? section. (That’s Weird Travel Files, in case you are wondering.) I submitted an edited version of Murder on the Kolkata Express to the competition, which reached the short list, but failed to win a prize. But lovely Kirsten Koza could see the merit of my story, and asked me to expand on it, fill in the gaps and generally shine it up for the magazine. Now there it is alongside one of Kirsten’s own weird tales of travel (she’s got a lot of ’em).
Leap Local “…originated from the nagging feeling that travel, especially in developing countries, didn’t always seem to benefit locals. This was evident from the way locals can aggressively tout tourists for business, something that seemed to come from desperation…” so the organisers set up the Leap Local initiative to ” focus on empowering locals engaged in tourism in developing countries.”
As well as the annual travel writing competition they run a competition for best local guides. I was thrilled that my nomination for Sushil Tamang in Sikkim was short-listed and Leap Local have made Sushil a ‘one to watch’.
It’s a great site, there for all the right reasons and doing good work with a sensitive and humorous attitude.