IWC Members

IMG_20140622_122943
Here’s a roll call of IWC members, past and present. If you’re interested in joining our writing group, please email me for more information. It’s free.

113 entries
34 comments
Name
Liz Cleere
About / Bio
Traveller. Writer. Sailor.
Founder, the Itinerant Writers Club (IWC).
Editor, The Itinerant magazine.
Fave travel shot
'Majuli Morning' by Jamie Furlong. Taken on Majuli Island, Assam, India.
Fave 5 destinations
India, Turkey, Eritrea, Jordan, USA
Fave travel writers
Few travel books hold my attention. I prefer to learn about a place from historians or novelists. Authors like Rohinton Mistry, Vikrem Seth, Orhan Pamuk, Lord Kinross, Maya Angelou, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Alice Munro and many others evoke a place through narrative and dialogue. I like a good yarn, well told.
Personal travel blog
http://www.followtheboat.com
Blog info
Followtheboat is mostly managed by my partner, Jamie Furlong, with the occasional contribution from me, and our cat, Millie. It tells the story of our itinerant life afloat since 2006.
Writing competitions
Guardian - runner-up, 2013; Bradt - finalist, 2011; Daily Telegraph - 3 wins, 2010, 2011, 2012; The Good Life France - Highly commended, 2014; Walkopedia, 2nd 2012; Sheldrake Press, 1st prize; My World First Travel, winner 2012; Transitions Abroad, 3rd place, 2012; 10th Glass Woman Prize, HIghly commended; Mountain Council of Scotland, joint third place, 2011; Wanderlust "Experience of the Year", 2011;
About the IWC
While attending a friend's writing class in the UK, I had an epiphany: constructive feedback and careful criticism by people with similar interests and skills is invaluable. Living this itinerant lifestyle meant any kind of club would have to be web-based. There were none, so the IWC was born.
0 entries
6 comments
Name
Jean Ashbury
About / Bio
Writer, walker, lover of decadent things like food and wine. Skimming through life by the seat of my pants. Always distracted by books, music and good company.
Fave travel shot
My photo of sunset on the Zambezi River, near Victoria Falls in Zambia.
Fave 5 destinations
Trinidad and Tobago - my native home. Borneo - conquered my fears of wild places. Burma - first big independent travel in Asia. Spain - for its rich and tremendous variety in all things. Italy - for dolce vita.
Fave travel writers
Jan Morris - Venice. Paul Theroux - Ghost Train to the Eastern Star. Ryszard Kapuscinski - Travels with Herodotus. Sara Wheeler - Travels in a Thin Country. Robert McFarlane - Mountains of the Mind.
Writing competitions
Stories in anthologies for Kingston University and Writers Abroad. Wanderlust- 1.serendipities 2. Lost (competition win) 3. Istanbul Reader Assignment 2012. Bradt/Independent travel writing 2012 - Highly commended. Travel expert online ezine - Malaga (destination).
About the IWC
I enjoy being a member of IWC as it helps me to practise my writing skills, get constructive feedback and to work with like-minded people.
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Moira Ashley
About / Bio
Recently retired college lecturer, recent enough to still be excited about being able to travel in ‘term time’! Dabbler in watercolour painting and drawing; crime-and-thriller novel junkie; lover of gardens but not of gardening; people watcher; daydreamer.........
Fave travel shot
Maligne Lake, Western Canada--such a misnomer!
Fave 5 destinations
Almost impossible to narrow down, but..... • The gloriously varied, often-overlooked UK right on my doorstep, especially the Gower Peninsula where I live. • The vast wilderness of the Rocky Mountain region of Western Canada • France- venue of many memorable family holidays • Utah, USA, wins by a short head from other Western USA states for its National Parks of Arches, Zion, Bryce, and Canyonlands... but how could I leave out California, containing as it does Yosemite and the vibrant cities of San Francisco and San Diego? • Italy, especially the Ligurian coast and the island of Sardinia, these being the wedding venues of my daughters and hence full of happy memories ....
Fave travel writers
I love the humour of Bill Bryson (especially 'Notes from a Small Island') and Stuart Maconie ( especially 'Pies and Prejudice') Pete McCarthy also raised a smile with ‘McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland’. The bulk of my reading, though, is fiction and there are numerous examples of where novels, short stories, plays and poetry have evoked a strong and lasting sense of place that resonates long after the narrative is finished. As 2014 marks the centenary of his birth and I live in his ‘ugly/lovely town’ (now city!) of Swansea, I’ll choose Dylan Thomas as a prime example.
Personal travel blog
http://Www.moiraashley.co.uk
Blog info
Joining the IWC has been the catalyst to set up the above which is now up and running. It's not so much a blog as a repository for the writing I’ve been doing over the last 5 years or so. I’ve got into the habit, for example, of writing a 500 word piece (thanks, Telegraph JustBack!) after holidays etc as an alternative /addition to photos as a way of remembering. It also features other genres of writing, especially poetry
Writing competitions
2009 First Prize winner with SAGA. Article published in Daily Express Oct 10; An article describing my winning trip to Costa Rica was then published in the Daily Express Oct 9, 2010; The same newspaper also printed an article based on a family wedding in Sardinia on Mar 5 2011; 2011 Overall Winner of the Telegraph ‘Just Back’ competition ;2012; Two lots of flights to European destinations courtesy of letters to Travel Views, Telegraph; 2013 March. Joint winner of the inaugural writing competition with HolidayHomeAdvice; 2013 Winner of the Rough Guides: ‘Win a Round the World Trip' competition 2015: Highly Commended, Bradt/Independent on Sunday annual travel competition
About the IWC
I have read with fascination (and some trepidation!) the detailed and constructive critiques of some superb travel articles and feel privileged to becoming part of this process, which I have no doubt can only improve my own writing.
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Amy Baker
About / Bio
Amy just cant seem to settle. Since the moment she finished her mostly useless law degree and set out for South East Asia, she hasn't been able to stay in a place for longer than a year. Amy likes to write about funny things that happen on the road.
Fave travel shot
Banos, Ecuador - the nearby volcano was erupting at the time.
Fave 5 destinations
Everywhere in Colombia - I visited for an intended 6 weeks and ended up staying 3 and a half months. I can't wait to go back. The Four Thousand Islands in Laos - at the time it was the most remote place that I had ever been and so beautiful. La Paz - it blew my mind. So much crazy stuff going on, so many colours, so many crazy urban legends... Kruger National Park - Every trip into that park brought new adventure and insane encounters with nature that I will never forget. Paris - because...it's Paris.
Fave travel writers
Danny Wallace and Dave Gorman are two favourites of mine. I know that they don't write traditional travel tales but I like the humour, the escapades and the unexpected human interactions. I read a hilarious book by Jane Bussman about Uganda recently. I like funny travel writing so Bill Bryson and Michael Palin are also writers I return to time after time.
Personal travel blog
http://www.nofixedplanstraveller.com
Blog info
A blog for those who don't take travel too seriously and who perhaps haven't thought to map out a strict itinerary. Features travel advice as well as longer stories about funny encounters, adventures and observations on life on the road.
Writing competitions
Just one so far - the Independent Bradt Travel Competition this year, which incidentally led me to discover this writers club. I am keen to improve and learn from the group.
About the IWC
I'm not sure yet!
0 entries
2 comments
Name
Deborah Cater
About / Bio
Whilst living in England I had itchy feet and moved house more often than one probably should. Then I took a sabbatical, moved to Spain and my peripatetic inclinations took a firm hold.
Still in Spain, though not in the same place I started out in, I'm exploring the large and the small, the well-known and the less so and enjoying every minute.
I have two blogs related to travel: citychronicles-deborahcater.blogspot.com and deborahcater-foodandmytravels.blogspot.com
Personal travel blog
https://www.facebook.com/citychronicles?ref=hl
0 entries
1 comment
Name
Mark Chadwick
About / Bio
I'm a hobbying travel writer who strives for connection between people and places. I've won two writing competitions at Wanderlust magazine, and have been published in the magazine: www.wanderlust.co.uk/mywanderlust/members/markymark983/experiences/bleak-but-unique_5580
Fave 5 destinations
In no particular order... Manhattan, for its unbeatable cosmopolitan feel; Stewart Island, off the bottom of New Zealand, for its unspoilt natural beauty and amazing wildlife; Australia's Great Ocean Road, for a great drive and some dramatic coastal panoramas; Koh Phangan for its hedonism and blissful beaches; and finally the Scottish Highlands for its unbeatable wild feeling, colourful history and incredible scenery. Honourable mentions to Iceland, Croatia and Sark.
Fave travel writers
My top three so far (there are a lot more I want to read, still!) would have to be: Tim Butcher, whose fearless "Blood River" put the adventure back into travel writing; Paul Theroux, whose writing is simultaneously dark, hilarious and remarkably frank ("The Great Railway Bazaar" being my favourite of his); and thirdly Karl Pilkington - a contentious choice, perhaps, but he really does "tell it like it is", with desperately funny results.
Personal travel blog
http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/mywanderlust/members/markymark983/experiences
About the IWC
It means the chance to read and to be read; the opportunity to be reviewed honestly and openly, and to improve where improvement is needed; and it means the prospect (hopefully!) of being recognised for what I love doing.
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Liz Cookman
About / Bio
Hello! I'm a writer and travel lover currently based in London. Love: walking, mountains, wildlife, wine, Doctor Who and peanut butter (last two not strictly travel related). Hate: being a fussy vegetarian that has real trouble finding anything to eat other than bread and chips abroad. I know - it's my own fault!

Oh, not a big fan of beaches either.
Fave travel shot
Taken while horse riding in Mendoza, Argentina. He just looks so unimpressed.
Fave 5 destinations
Ethiopia, my Mum lived there for a bit and I loved visiting as a teenager – it had a big impact on me and probably helped oust all the spoilt brattyness. Slovenia, what can I say other than 'WOW'? Bolivia, so much to do from jungle to mountains. Berlin, just a great city. Budapest, amazing nightlife and an interesting mix of cultures. Britain, I love Derbyshire, the Lake District and Scotland. That's six... four start with 'B' though so we'll call that quits.
Fave travel writers
Ooh, that's a difficult one as I'm a fussy reader. I'm quite a big fan of some of the walking/psychogeography books about London such as Scarp by Nick Papadimitriou. I also like Rob Macfarlane's books about outdoor wanders. Rebecca Solnitt. Bill Bryson for some easy-to-read humour. And perhaps the book that changed me as a writer the most: The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald – an account of a walking holiday in Sussex by a German writer, it sort of invented psychogeography.
Personal travel blog
http://www.whatlizsaw.com
Blog info
Possibly the worst blog you'll ever read
About the IWC
I have an MA in travel and nature writing, but it was quite out there in terms of content and we mainly ended up working with experimental prose and nonfiction. I'm here to reign myself in a bit and hopefully learn to write stuff that people actually want to read (and by read, I mean pay me for).
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Celia Dillow
About / Bio
I am a teacher, married to a teacher. But, plagued by itchy feet and blessed with an equally restless soul mate, we have set up home many times. Recently this was far, far away with truculent teens in tow and a jolly, shaggy dog to add to the mix. Argentina tested our gypsy souls and everything we knew about ourselves but she also granted us experiences beyond our wildest imaginings.
Home for now, while boys take exams and launch themselves on the world, we go to work and act normally. And we dream and plan and write ...
I am particularly interested in stories about displacement and being a stranger and notions of home. I am also a keen birdwatcher and love to read about the natural world in travelers' tales.
Fave 5 destinations
Montevideo - charming, old fashioned but with a hit of South American adventure! Province of Jujuy in NW Argentina - indigenous, wild, beautiful. On top of the world, in the middle of nowhere. Somerset Levels Venice Jura mountains in France
Fave travel writers
Love Bill Bryson for the way that he gets under the skin and for his wonderful gift of meeting people and getting along with them. My favourite is A Walk in the Woods - bears and camping and long distance hiking, what's not to like? Also love Stephen Moss, a naturalist and author who writes the stuff I would love to write! http://www.stephenmoss.tv/Author/Wild_Hares_and_Hummingbirds.htm
Personal travel blog
http://www.armadillows.blogspot.co.uk/
Blog info
We talked about having an adventure. Argentina's staggering landscape and gorgeous climate beckoned. We moved 3 teens and a hairy dog 8000 miles to an alien land - just for fun. Obviously I had to write about it.
About the IWC
Marvellous, supportive, sharing space.
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Stephen Fabes
About / Bio
A medical doctor, adventure cyclist and freelance writer specialising in adventure travel and humour. In January 2010 I set off from London to cycle to length of six continents, so far racking up over 70,000 km in 55 countries. As I ride I occupy my mind with many things. I re-live days in my past, I hatch plans and I daydream about the road ahead. I sing (very badly). I banter with passers by. I miss people. I watch the world pass slowly by my handlebars.
Fave travel shot
Camping on the Salar de Uyuni (salt flats), Bolivia
Fave 5 destinations
The Andes, Ethiopia, Alaska, Iceland, Myanmar
Fave travel writers
Jonathan Raban and Alexander Frater are top rate travel writers. I also love Laurie Lee's incredible 'As I walked out one midsummer morning'. Bryson and Cahill are great humourists, and I also enjoy the adventures of Jon Krakauer and Kira Salak. I try not to limit myself to travel literature and read plenty of fiction and memoir. I'm a big fan of Clive James' memoirs, and I love Cormac McCarthy.
Personal travel blog
http://www.cyclingthe6.com
Blog info
Six years around the world by bicycle
Writing competitions
Overall Winner of Pure Travel writing contest 2014. Winner of Just Back writing competition in the Telegraph (April 2014). Published in CNN, Cycle, Wild, Adventure Travel, Adventure.com, Backpacker, Outer Edge, Verge, Sidetracked, Wild Junket and Treadlie among others. Additionally my photography has appeared in the Independent (3rd prize Insight Guides photo contest), Adventure Cyclist (winner annual photo contest 2013) and National Geographic Online
About the IWC
A great opportunity to learn from other budding writers, all dealing in different themes, and with different styles and voices. For any aspiring travel writer, this kind of peer critique is gold.
0 entries
0 comments
Name
John Patrick Fleming
About / Bio
John Fleming is a part time writer based in Kildare, Ireland. While his background is biotechnology, he has been dabbling in writing and photography since childhood. His first in-print work was a photograph of a light aircraft crash which appeared in four Irish national newspapers in 1997. His first published writing was a series of articles on an ecological expedition for the environmental magazine Earthwatch in 2001. He has had several articles published since then, mainly on environmental travel.
Fave 5 destinations
Dublin - close to home, a well-visited city with lots of attractions away from the usual tourist hotspots. Killarney town and National Park - unfairly labelled a tourist trap, the National Park still leaves me in awe every time I visit. The Burren, Co. Clare - wild and windswept, it really does feel like the last stop before America. Moscow - proud of itself, and rightly so. The metro is more like a gallery than mass transport. Malta - does it count if I’ve only been once? It made an impression, definitely one for an extended return visit.
Fave travel writers
Pól Ó Conghaile is a travel writer based in Ireland. I have read his work in National Geographic Traveller, newspapers and even the Aer Lingus in-flight magazine. He wrote Secret Dublin, An Unusual Guide. It is an intriguing guide which will draw you into the seams of Dublin. Michael Palin needs no introduction. Two books in particular I like, New Europe and Brazil. He gets to the heart of the destination through the locals he spends time with. Bill Bryson, although not a dedicated travel writer, is a fantastic read. Down Under and A Walk in the Woods are favourites.
Personal travel blog
https://www.google.com/profiles/115901810496764023788
Writing competitions
I made my first venture into travel writing in 2001. I wrote a series of five articles on my environmental work in Tanzania for the Irish environmental magazine “Earthwatch”. That expedition was also the subject of a feature article I wrote for “Wild Ireland” magazine in December 2002. Also in 2002, I wrote a feature article for Birdwatch Ireland’s membership magazine, Wings. Since then, I have been more a reader than a writer. A young family and full-time day job have reduced my writing to a trickle. Now I am back to finish what I started.
About the IWC
IWC has brought me in from the wild. My day job has gotten in the way of my travelling and writing. My young family, the most important part of my life, need my attention. Hence my writing ambitions have been neglected. IWC has given me focus. It has allowed me to return to writing and develop it in a safe environment. It’s easier to receive constructive feedback here than rejection letters. That way, I’ll know what needs improvement.
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Steve Fryer
About / Bio
Three places have played a major part in shaping who I am:- South Wales, Norfolk, and Sheffield.
And a number of different things define who I am today:-
I'm an Architect, a designer, an ideas man, a risk-taker, a dad, a Christian, and a husband. I love the sea, I love maps, I love travelling, I love adventure, I like keeping fit, I love being involved in my very diverse local community, and, more recently, I've discovered the joys of writing. I know I'm a lucky guy and I've always been an optimist but on the down side I've never been blessed with a great deal of 'common sense'. I'm a day dreamer, who's a bit slow on the uptake and people have always told me that I need to be more self-confident and assertive.
All these things define my outlook on the world, and inform my writing.

LinkedIn profile:- https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-fryer-14674021
Fave travel shot
Here are my 3 boys (several years ago) having just scaled Hadrian's Wall and about to invade Britain. In a way this photo is typical of my travelling experience: ... being surrounded by boisterous lads being boisterous in faraway places. Not everyone's cup of tea, perhaps. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
Fave 5 destinations
1 Vancouver and Vancouver Island; 2 Iceland; 3 the Faroe Islands; 4 the British Isles (Scotland; Norfolk; Carmarthenshire; the Peak District); 5 Hong Kong
Fave travel writers
Vitali Vitaliev; Tim Moore; Graham Greene.
Personal travel blog
http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/mywanderlust/members/steve48/experiences
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Jessica Michele Garcia
Fave 5 destinations
The mystic Arequipa, Peru; The Salento region in Italy, for the beautiful sea; the scenic Geiranger in Norway; the mysterious Corsica and Esperance in Australia.
Fave travel writers
Jan Morris "Europe", Tiziano Terzani "A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earth-bound Travels in the Far East ", Ryszard Kapuscinski "The football war", Pico Iyer "The lady and the monk".
Personal travel blog
http://jessicamichelegarcia.wordpress.com
About the IWC
It's a place where you learn, grow and listen as a writer and as a human being. I feel that the IWC is an invaluable asset to my writing career.
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Clare Gleeson
Fave 5 destinations
Often after I’ve returned from somewhere someone will ask ‘Did you enjoy it?’ and then ‘Would you go there again?’ as if the desire to return is the real test. For me it’s not. I can love a place but never intend to revisit. There are so many places to go to there’s only a very few I would return to before going somewhere new. These are those places – London, Paris, New York, Berlin, and Edinburgh. I’d go to any of them any time.
Fave travel writers
I love reading armchair travel and am always on the lookout for new writers. Eric Newby (‘A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush’) and Bill Bryson (‘Notes from a Small Island’ and ‘A Walk in the Woods’) are always worth a reread. However, my favourite travel writer is Anne Mustoe who biked around the world twice (‘A Bike Ride’ and ‘A Lone Traveller’), from London to Egypt (‘Cleopatra’s Needle’), in South America (‘Che Guervara and the Mountain of Silver’), India (‘ Two Wheels in the Dust’) and the USA and Europe (‘Amber, Furs and Cockleshells’).
Personal travel blog
http://www.thewanderinghistorian.com
Writing competitions
2014 -Go Travel, winner; Wanderlust "Food", runner-up; Senior Travel Expert, runner-up
About the IWC
Writing improves with practice and constructive criticism. As an aspiring travel writer I found it difficult to locate a group which would provide this in my home city. The IWC was the perfect solution as, in addition to writing and critiquing, the differing backgrounds and locations of its members all contribute to the quality of input and feedback each assignment provides.
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Elizabeth Gowing
About / Bio
Elizabeth's first book was "Travels in Blood and Honey; becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo" (Signal, 2011). Her most recent is "Edith and I; on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo" (Elbow Publishing, 2013), described by The Times as 'the most delightful read of the summer'. She is currently finishing writing 'The Rubbish-Picker's Daughter' - a book about an Ashkali community in Kosovo - and researching 'Chasing the Eagle' about the Albanian diaspora across the world
Fave 5 destinations
Prishtina - the capital of Kosovo has been my home for seven years. Youngest population in Europe, vibrant cafe culture. Cornwall - where we have a house and look out over the rocks and the waves and nothing else. And clotted cream A train - going anywhere! From Prishtina (see above) to Skopje in 1970s Swedish carriages bought on the cheap, on the sleeper to Cornwall (see above) but also India with dosa-wallahs chanting down the windows in the middle of the night, or the Trans-Siberian, or overnight to Istanbul... anywhere except a London commuter line. Turkey - currently working for GCSE Turkish this summer and loving my 'study trips' Cuba - where I haven't been, but is next on my travel plans (any tips?)
Fave travel writers
'Stories I stole' by Wendell Steavenson on Georgia. 'Waterlog' by Roger Deakin - to show you don't have to go far. 'Between the woods and the water' by Patrick Leigh Fermor of course, and Colin Thubron's 'Siberia' both for the lyrical descriptions - though even these are eclipsed by Laurie Lee's 'As I Walked out one Midsummer Morning'. Bill Bryson for being able to be passionate about issues at the same time as telling a story and making you roar with laughter. 'Kosovo/ Kosova' by Mary Motes for insights into my favourite country
Personal travel blog
http://www.elizabethgowing.com
Blog info
Site about my latest book, "Edith and I; on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo" www.edith-and-i.com
Writing competitions
Elizabeth's first book was "Travels in Blood and Honey; becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo" (Signal, 2011). Her most recent is "Edith and I; on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo" (Elbow Publishing, 2013), described by The Times as 'the most delightful read of the summer'. She is currently finishing writing 'The Rubbish-Picker's Daughter' - a book about an Ashkali community in Kosovo - and researching 'Chasing the Eagle' about the Albanian diaspora across the world
About the IWC
An inspiration to write; a chance to read some great stories and descriptions of other places; a chance to learn about the world, and e-meet people who approach it the same way
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Joanna Griffin
About / Bio
A UK based physiotherapist with a love of language and a passion for travel, people and words. She recently spent two years living and working in northern Ethiopia which has inspired much of her writing.
Fave travel shot
A view of Budva old town Montenegro taken from across the harbour. I don't think you can beat the romance of medieval Europe.
Fave 5 destinations
Croatia Corfu Ethiopia Malawi Zimbabwe
Fave travel writers
Bill Bryson: 'Notes from a Small Island' must be one of the funniest books I've ever read. Gerald Durrell: not strictly a travel writer but 'My Family and Other Animals' is one of my favourite books of all time. Its lyrical narrative and gentle humour perfectly bring to life his childhood on Corfu.
Writing competitions
2011 Transitions Abroad Narrative Travel Writing Competition runner- up; 2012 Pure Travel Writing Competition finalist; 2013 Guardian International Development Journalism Competition finalist; 2014 Bradt and Independent on Sunday Travel Writing Competition commended
About the IWC
I have just joined the IWC and have completed my first assignment. I found it a big challenge writing in a different form and look forward to the IWC continuing to challenge my writing style. I'm looking forward to reading the work of other members and having some feedback from the hugely experienced writers out there. I'm in awe!
0 entries
5 comments
Name
Rebecca Hall
About / Bio
I'm a British gal in her late 30's who loves living in Greece. I've been here for 3 years now and teach English. I've travelled around the world, lived and taught in Sri Lanka, but it's Greece that seems to be rooting me to her shores for the moment.
I like to write in my spare time – Greece is especially interesting to write about with all her ups and downs, and of course her beauty.
Daily Telegraph Travel Section - "Cruising by Container" - 2014
Interviewed on NPR Radio Weekend Edition in the U.S.
"Rough Guide to the Greek Islands" contributor
Writers Abroad "Foreign Encounters" contributor
"Apollo" Cyprus Airways Business Class Magazine contributor
Fave 5 destinations
Greece & Greek Islands
Sri Lanka
USA
Canada
Italy
Fave travel writers
Bill Bryson
Personal travel blog
http://www.leavingcairo.com
About the IWC
A tool to practice your writing with a supportive, constructive group of people.
0 entries
2 comments
Name
Julia Hammond
About / Bio
Julia began her career as a Geography teacher, giving her the perfect excuse to go just about anywhere. She's recently retired from education to focus on travel writing. When she's home, you can find her planning her next trip with her two beautiful golden retrievers snuggling at her feet.
Fave travel shot
Sitting on the dock of the bay: sunset on Roatan Island, Honduras
Fave 5 destinations
Of the hundred or so countries I've visited, Peru is my favourite, with its dramatic scenery and its loco locals. Mexico's cuisine and festivities such as Day of the Dead have left me hungry for more. Argentina has such a diverse range of landscapes, from Iguacu to Calafate and the Pampas in between. In Africa, Senegal's vibrancy takes a lot of beating but when I want calm, clean air and no hassle, Austria's beautiful Tirol is perfect. I can't limit myself to five and miss out the USA, specifically the big skies of Montana, the cowboys of Wyoming and the terracotta rock arches of Utah.
Fave travel writers
I began with Caroline and her Friends way back in the 1970s, about an adventurous girl who travelled around Europe and North America with a group of animal friends. As a young adult, I was entertained by Josie Dew and Bill Bryson, their chatty, humorous styles an easy read. I've been inspired by and worried about Dervla Murphy and Paul Theroux as they've transported me to remotest Africa. Jeffrey Tayler and Tim Butcher with their tales of the Congo make me wish I was braver (or more reckless) and make me realise there are still many boundaries this traveller can still cross.
Personal travel blog
http://www.juliahammond.co.uk
Blog info
My website is a record of the countries I've visited with photos and travel articles spanning around 20 years. I've also recently started a blog here: http://juliamhammond.wordpress.com
Writing competitions
I've been writing for pleasure since I began my adult travels, but a competition win a few years ago took me to America's Deep South courtesy of Mail Travel. That gave me the confidence to pitch to editors and since then I've won a My World First competition and a Wanderlust online competition. I've been published in a number of books and magazines. These include a chapter in Bradt's Bus Pass Britain Rides Again, a piece on the Wanderlust website on Savannah, several Kindle guides for Unanchor and articles for Trainline Europe on rail travel in Spain. I blog regularly for Go4Travel.
About the IWC
IWC means getting feedback from a bunch of talented writers that aren't afraid to tell me when my writing needs improving, and completing a range of assignments that force me out of my comfort zone. My writing has come on in leaps and bounds (am I allowed one cliche please?) and I hope to continue my association with IWC for many years to come.
0 entries
2 comments
Name
Ian Howells
About / Bio
Walker, reader, writer, rugby player, sports fan, drinker, traveller, veg grower, map fan, birdwatcher, NZ lover......
Personal travel blog
http://howellseycomewalkwithme.blogspot.co.uk/
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Mandy Huggins
About / Bio
Travel and fiction writer, who drinks a lot of wine, and reads a lot of books.

PA by day, traveller and writer whenever time allows.

Always disappointed when someone asks her about a recent trip and is only interested in whether the hotel was good or not, or says, 'but isn't it dirty there?'
Fave travel shot
The view from Mt Norikura in the Japanese Alps
Fave 5 destinations
Japan India Paxos Eastern Europe Cuba
Fave travel writers
The first time I was inspired by travel writing was when I read Gerald Durrell's 'My Family & Other Animals' as a child. His evocative portrayal of Corfu made me yearn to visit. Other travel writers I enjoy include Alan Booth, William Dalrymple, Patrick Leigh Fermor and Jason Webster. I am also inspired by fiction that is imbued with a strong sense of place, such as Pico Iyer's 'Cuba and the Night' to 'The Siege' by Helen Dunmore.
Personal travel blog
http://troutiemcfishtales.blogspot.co.uk
Blog info
My blog features some of my travel writing, and provides links to many of my short stories that have been placed in writing competitions.
Writing competitions
Winner of Just Back 2011; Joint Winner of the Ross Gill Travel Writing Competition 2011; Winner of the Skyscanner Travel Writing Competition 2011; Winner of My World First Competition 2012; Winner of Stanford's Travel Bookshop Competition 2013; Finalist Bradt/Independent Competition 2013; Winner British Guild of Travel Writers New Travel Writing Award 2014 My fiction has also won/been shortlisted in a number of competitions including those run by Fish, New Writer, English Pen, Writers' Forum Magazine and Reader's Digest.
0 entries
1 comment
Name
Sharon Jenkins
Fave 5 destinations
Pembrokeshire, the Preseli hills which are littered with standing stones and burial chambers from the Bronze age. Wild ponies roam and buzzard and red kite patrol the skies. Collioure, Catalonia. A red-roofed town, sitting on the sea’s edge, watching the Spanish border. Home to the Fauvists, the vineyards tumble down to the sea and behind, the symbol of Catalonia, the Canigou mountain where eagles soar. Sydney, waterfront. Vibrant, up-beat and self-assured. Harbour bridge climb at dusk as the lights go on and the city shimmies. Algonquin, Ontario. Endless lakes and forests lend to the remoteness and the wildlife is stunning.
Fave travel writers
Wilfred Thesiger is my favourite travel writer. His writing takes me into the desert and I feel that I am travelling with him. His personal insights into the disappearing Bedouin way of life and his prose are compelling witnesses to this desert world: “the chill of dawn; the sun was resting on the desert’s rim, a red ball without heat.” And the photography is superb. Arabian Sands.
Personal travel blog
http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/mywanderlust/mypages/experiences
About the IWC
The IWC gives me an environment in which I can try out new creative ideas and styles of writing. It is interesting to compare different approaches to similar themes, the standard of writing is excellent and the feedback is invaluable.
0 entries
16 comments
Name
Jenny Knowles
About / Bio
I grew up abroad - actually in Mysore, South India (see my member name). I love travel and have been to many countries to film oilfield projects. This has been a wonderful way to meet people in their own environments and I reckon far better than being a tourist. It is great to have this chance to share experiences with other people who love travel.
Personal travel blog
http://www.LittleKnollPress.co.uk
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Janine Marsh
0 entries
20 comments
Name
Helen Moat
About / Bio
Helen Moat spent her childhood in the back of her Dad’s Morris Minor, travelling for 3-4 hours all over Ireland for a run-around and a sandy sandwich, and is still happiest when on the road – and writing about it.
As well as winning prizes in numerous travel writing competitions, Helen's pieces have been published in travel anthologies, newspapers, magazines and travel e-zines.
She is currently writing a regular blog for Wanderlust magazine as well as a guide book for Bradt - 'SlowTravel, Peak District'
Fave 5 destinations
The hills, coast and islands of Scotland - The light is superb too. Croatia - beautiful islands and towns, combined with friendly people. The Pacific noth-west - BC in Canada, Washington and Oregan - for raw nature at its best. East Africa for wildlife combined with the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka's hill country for Asian colour with a dash of old-fashioned postwar Britain.
Fave travel writers
'As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning' by Laurie Lee captures the romance of travel perfectly. Bill Bryson always makes me laugh, and Dervla Murphy demonstrates in her travel books that woman can have adventures too - and write brilliantly about them.
Personal travel blog
http://moathouse-moathouseblogspotcom.blogspot.co.uk/
Blog info
Wanderlust Travel Blog of the year 2012: Silver Award Peter Moore: Author and travel writer – One of the most inspirational blogs on the web; Lyn Hughes: Wanderlust Magazine, editor in chief – A talented writer.
Writing competitions
Just Back, The Telegraph: winner x 3 - Chicken Run, Derbyshire (Sept 2014), Into the Ngorongora (Feb 2011) and A Taste of Croatian Waters (Aug 2012); British Guild of Travel Writers: runner up in 2011 and 2014; BBC Wildlife Travel Writer of the Year 2013: highly commended; Winner: World First Travel Writing Competition (Dec '11); Winner: Australian Times travel competition (Aug '13); Sheldrake Press: runner up (2012); Leap Local: 4th place (2012)
About the IWC
A great community of writers who support and encourage each other in a very positive way. Critiquing is specific and useful. I've learned a great deal about good writing through the club.
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Suzy Pope
Fave 5 destinations
Siem Reap, Cambodia, for the temples, floating villages and spicy loc lac.
Sarajevo, Bosnia, for the mixture of Soviet-style block towers, deep green hills and Ottoman looking old town.
Havana, Cuba, for jazz, dancing, mojitos and sunsets.
Carcassonne, France, for childhood memories of 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves', duck legs cooked for hours and wine.
Istanbul, Turkey, for labyrinthine markets, tea gardens, kebaps and history.
Fave travel writers
Danny Wallace straddles the boundary of travel and humour, and personally I think that's the best boundary to straddle. He is my absolute favourite. I'm lucky enough to work in the building that houses Patrick Leigh Fermor's archive and have peeped at his old stamp-covered passports as well as writings. Shuffling through old 18th century travel diaries is also a highlight of my work.

Food travel is my passion, so Lonely Planet's 'A Moveable Feast' is my favourite collection of travel writings.

There are so many others - Jan Morris, Paul Theroux, Chris Stewart...
Personal travel blog
http://www.gastroveloodyssey.wordpress.com
Blog info
I started a cycling and street food blog at the beginning of the year with my partner - an ex sous chef.
Writing competitions
PureTravel competition winner 2013 http://www.puretravel.com/Guide/Travel_writing_competition/Travel_Writing_Competition_2013_Winner

Wanderlust forum competition winner http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/mywanderlust/members/suzycatpope/experiences/singapore-storms_6197

Former editor and current writer at www.exploration-online.com (archive site: www.exploration-online.co.uk)
About the IWC
The structure and support are really what I was looking for in a travel writing group. A deadline to work to keeps me writing and the feedback from others members of the group - including published writers - keeps me afloat when I'm toiling with a piece. It may not be perfect when I submit something, but it's a hell of a lot better once I've taken on suggestions from the group.

The varied assignments also make me write about experiences I never would have thought of as interesting stories, so I have much more fodder now than I would have without the IWC.
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Lizzie Ruiz
About / Bio
interactive producer @igntn | writer | traveler | consumer of fine wines | consumer of shit wines

LA | BCN | JFK | RDU | HAV
Fave travel shot
Fave 5 destinations
Havana, Barcelona, Colorado, Cadaques, New Jersey
Personal travel blog
http://lizziegoes.com
0 entries
0 comments
Name
Caroline Travis
About / Bio
I have just completed my BA(Hons) in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester at the rip old age of 50. I am now looking for a TESOL course so that I can work my way around the world teaching English (my husband in tow), and writing about the teaching, the areas I will be teaching in, and the people we meet.
Personal travel blog
http://www.facebook.com/caztravis
0 entries
2 comments
Name
Helen Watson
About / Bio
I am addicted to travel that is physically and culturally challenging and that is what I am drawn to writing about. Many of the pieces on my blog come from a 15,000km cycle ride across Europe and Asia that I undertook in 2009/2010. I was short-listed for the Bradt/ IoS 2011 Travel Writing Competition with a piece about cycling along the Afghan border and have won a number of JustBack competitions in the Telegraph.
Fave 5 destinations
Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkey Iran Scotland
Fave travel writers
Wilfred Thesinger - Arabian Sands Rory Stewart - The Places In Between Dervla Murphy - Full Tilt/ Through the Embers of Chaos Colin Thubron - The Lost Heart of Asia/ Shadow of the Silk Road Eric Newby - A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
Personal travel blog
http://www.helenwatsontravelwriting.blogspot.co.uk/
About the IWC
I really loved being part of the IWC because of the supportive and creative feedback that I received. I hope, very much, to rejoin one day when my work schedule allows!
0 entries
1 comment
Name
Daniel Wildey
Fave 5 destinations
Anywhere with mountains! The Dolomites are my favourite, and Rome is up there too, so I guess Italy must have made an impression.

Mountaineering in Morocco gave me a great love for that country, but India is probably the most engrossing place I've visited. And finally Spain will always draw me back.
Fave travel writers
My niche in adventure travel means I always lean to tales of adventure from people such as Al Humphreys, Alan Hinkes and Jon Krakauer.
Personal travel blog
http://www.danielwildeyphotography.com/
Blog info
Whilst primarily a photographer, Daniel has sections of his website dedicated to film making and writing. Since becoming an adventure photographer he has been in great demand in all three disciplines.
Writing competitions
Daniel's writing has been published in Adventure Traveller, Sidetracked, Jottnar's blog, Active Traveller, Adventure.com and Outdoor Adventure Guide. His photography and film clients include the same titles as well as many outdoor brands such as Sherpa Adventure Gear, Jottnar, Rab, Whitedot Skis, Madison, Exped Adventure and Paramo.
About the IWC
Although I was only a member very briefly, the experience was invaluable. Not only did I learn a lot from the other members (and much better writers than me), but more importantly I gained the confidence to start pitching ideas to editors and have been busy ever since.
0 entries
1 comment
Name
Aidan Williams
About / Bio
I must confess to not being an itinerant, but I do love to travel as much as possible. I've twice quit my job to do so, once backpacking around the world for almost 18 months, and the other to go an live in Japan where I worked as an English teacher. My display name Hideo comes from the Japanese reading of the kanji I used for my name in Japan - it can also be read as Aidan, which is my name.
Fave 5 destinations
Japan: I lived there, and fell in love with this unique country and its wonderful people. So much so that my wife states that I now believe I am half Japanese. Berlin: A wonderful city with so much history, culture and vibrancy. Peru: From Machu Picchu to the Colca Canyons. The sites, the music, the energy, the coca leaves. All great. California: the perfect road trip destination. Great sites and great fun. The open road with the music blaring. Western Australia: where my pace of life slowed to a relaxed shuffle over many sun kissed months as a backpacker.
Fave travel writers
My fires were stoked by watching Michael Palin's TV travels and his accompanying books are terrific. Particular favourites are "Brazil", "Pole to Pole", "Full Circle" and "Around the World in 80 Days." Otherwise I enjoy particular journeys or ideas of interest, or interesting countries, rather than a particular author.
Personal travel blog
http://www.theneverendingtour.blogspot.com/
Blog info
The site is really a repository for some of my travel writing, although it was superseded by the IWC where my more recent work is posted.
About the IWC
The IWC has boosted my writing no end. From feeling a little overawed and lacking the ability that I saw in other members, their feedback and encouragement, and varied assignments, has helped improve my writing. I've become more analytic and critical of my own writing, though there's so much further still to go. Aside from anything else it's fun reading about others' adventures and experiences and picking up writing style tips as you do it. I may be temporarily absent from the IWC but I hope it continues to flourish as I fully intend to make a glorious return.
0 entries
1 comment
Name
Caroline Woodhead
About / Bio
Since May 2013, Caroline has been cruising with her husband on a 42ft sailing yacht, Maggie Drum.They set off from NSW in Australia and plan to spend at least 4 years afloat, whilst their tourism business is leased out. They spent 2 years sailing in the Pacific from 2000.
Her interest for writing began at an early age and she would spend hours writing 'books on horses'. She studied English Literature at uni and wrote for fun. As a university lecturer she enjoyed academic and business writing but has always preferred writing personal stories based on her experiences.
Please be patient with replies and submissions as sometimes we are'at sea'-literally and do not have wifi.
Fave 5 destinations
As icircumnavigate the world these choices keep changing and like otheres its often the people and the experiences which make a place a favourite until the next encounter. So far my fave 5 are: Tonga _Vavau Vanuatu-Champagne Beach Malaysia -Penang Spain- Barcelona Turkey-Cappodoccia
Fave travel writers
I'm afraid I don't have any favorite writers! I love to read about where I am travelling either historic, social or factual.
Personal travel blog
http://my.yb.tl/maggiedrum/
Blog info
Blog on our cruising travels around the world
About the IWC
A means of learning from others and being pushed and challenged to write.To be inspired by other's writing and critiques.
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Share on TumblrDigg thisShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditEmail this to someone