One Italian Summer – interview with Pip Williams

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I began to write One Italian Summer about six months after returning to Australia. I missed Italy, and I wanted to understand what the journey had meant for me, and for my family. It was not, in the end, just a unique travel experience requiring a bit of hard work and child management.  Read more…

A Family Travel Memoir of WWOOFing, Italy and the Good Life: One Italian Summer by Pip Williams

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When you think of a typical travel memoir, what kind of journey comes to mind? For me, it’s the picture of a woman on her own, travelling to a new place in search of something, often ineffable, and discovering something unpredictable about herself along the way. Yet, we don’t always travel on our own. There are plenty of family travel memoirs, and the latest is Pip William’s One Summer in Italy. Read more…

6 Steps to Writing About Your Most Impactful Travel Experience

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What was the trip that changed you, inside and out? That made you see the world differently? That made you a different person? Most likely, it was an early trip, perhaps your first ever. Often, those first trips plant the seeds for a love of discovery. They are the ones that can install new perspectives in our […] Read more…

Without a Gimmick: Review of Meet Me in Gaza, Uncommon Stories of Life Inside the Strip

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Meet me in Gaza: Uncommon Stories of Life Inside the Strip by Louisa B. Waugh is a absorbing story and a terrific example of a travel memoir without a gimmick. There is no ‘one year of living like a Gazan’ project or specific mission to uncover the secrets of Palestinian cooking or hospitality or their indomitable […] Read more…

9 Novels that Will Fuel Your Wanderlust

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Reading a great novel set in a new place has always been one of my main reasons for wanting to travel. Whether it’s Thailand or Lagos, Turkey or another planet, these books will refresh your wanderlust, teach you about little known places, and interrogate what it means to be a foreigner in a strange land. […] Read more…

Why I Care So Much About Getting Published in Literary Magazines

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getting published in literary magazines

We all have our endeavours, the things that give us pleasure, meaning, recognition, status. For me, and a lot of other writers, that recognition comes from having my work accepted into literary magazines. Outside of the world of writers, no one cares about these magazines. Most people don’t even know what a literary magazine is, let […] Read more…