Bestselling travel writer
Rory MacLean is one of Britain’s most expressive and adventurous travel writers. His fourteen books include the UK top tens Stalin’s Nose and Under the Dragon as well as Pravda Ha Ha and Berlin: Imagine a City, a book of the year and ‘the most extraordinary work of history I’ve ever read’ according to the Washington Post. He has won awards from the Canada Council and Arts Council of England and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary prize. ‘MacLean must surely be the outstanding, and most indefatigable, traveller-writer of our time,’ wrote the late John le Carré. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he divides his time between the UK, Berlin and Toronto…in normal years.
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2021 Virtual Workshops:
Where to start? Travel writing and life journeys
Stories can entrance, engage, even possess us. Every one of us has a story to tell; factual or fictional, cool documentary or heartfelt family journey, practical travelogue or sparkling flight of the imagination. In fact, lives and journeys alike lend themselves to narrative. So how do we begin to turn our travels, memoirs or a lifetime’s voyage into prose? In this workshop we’ll explore — through exercises and creative discussions — how to chose and shape the stories we have to tell, in order to accommodate the rich unpredictability of life, the complexities of character and place, and the way that we are changed over time.
Hand and heart – Journey as a metaphor for life
The finest travel books take the reader on parallel journeys, through space as well as into the writer him or herself. Such writing requires honesty, and nerve, but in return it opens doors and transforms the traveller’s experience. In this workshop, through three creative exercises, participants will explore both themselves and others and so — it is hoped — empower their ability to write about themselves, and the human condition. This is not Gestalt therapy but sharing is encouraged and honesty is essential.