After graduating, Peter Moore travelled around the Equator and wrote a book about it. “The book was rejected by every publisher on the planet,” says Peter. Back at the day job, and unable to shake off that yearning to travel and write, he continued to submit stories to magazines.
Lyn Hughes and her late husband, Paul Morrison, hatched the idea for Wanderlust magazine during a flight to South America in 1992. The first edition was launched from their flat later that year. Twenty years on, and many awards later, it is read by enthusiastic travellers all over the world, and its website is one of the biggest on-line resources for travellers. In 2007 and 2008 Lyn was Highly Commended as Publisher of the Year. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, she has also been lauded by the The Times as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Travel.” In the last year Lyn has added Unique Honeymoons and Take Better Travel Photos to the Wanderlust stable.
This month Lyn kindly agreed to take time out of her incredibly busy schedule as editor-in-chief to answer a few questions from the Itinerant Writers Club.
“It’s just a short walk from the Dekeling,” said jolly Mrs Dekeva, our homestay hostess.
I wonder how much longer Jamie and I are going to believe our dear Gorkha friends when they tell us somewhere is only a stroll away. My antennae should have been twitching when I found it wasn’t marked on my Darjeeling street plan. The Tibetan Self Help Refugee Centre does, however, appear as an innocent dot at the top of the small scale Lonely Planet map of the whole mountainous area. But a quick check (using my finger tip to measure) convinced me it was only 4 kilometres from our starting point.
Back in February Sheldrake Press launched a writing competition…
“Sheldrake Press, publishers of the Wild Guides, are running a travel writing competition this month. Share one of your wild travel experiences with us for a chance to be published on our web-site and win a set of guides to Italy, Britain and Ireland. Whether you have discovered a new spot or returned to an old favourite, we’d like to hear about it.”
Fancy a night for two at the 4-star Hotel Internazionale Bologna followed by 5 nights at the 4-star Castello Chiola – a stately castle on top of a hill within the medieval town of Loreto Aprutino? Breakfast is included along with Avis group B car hire for 5 days, return flights from London to Bologna with British Airways and a return train from Bologna to Pescara.
Bradt and the Independent on Sunday have announced their 2012 annual travel writing competition. This year the theme is ‘A Close Encounter…’. Entries must be based on personal experience relating to the theme. Minimum length is 600 words, maximum length is 800 words.
Published and unpublished writers may enter the competition, which closes at noon on Friday 15 June 2012.
My piece on our first walk round Kolkata has been chosen by the Guardian to appear in their blog, and is currently being showcased on the home page of the readers’ section. The full piece appears at the top of their blog section, where it sits just above my previous blog on Mumbai.
Every month I select one of the stories from our Itinerant Writers Club assignments to highlight on the blog. Each story must be no more than 500 words and must follow a theme. The theme for February was, appropriately for our first assignment, “First steps”. Here Helen Moat tells us about her journey to Santorini.