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29 December 2007

MARRAKESH TRAVEL WRITING COURSE

From the Odyssey onwards, via the Travels of Marco Polo and the writings of Sir Richard Burton and the great Victorian explorers, to Thubron and Theroux, travel writing has been an integral part of literature. Most authors, at one time or another, have incorporated aspects of their journeying in their books. But visiting destinations, no matter how remote, can often be easier than conveying the sense of place to readers. 

Is it possible to learn the technique of the traveller’s tale?  Writer and broadcaster David Stafford visits Morocco where he sits in on a course for would be travel writers.

David joins the students as they explore the markets of Marrakesh to note the sights, sounds and smells of the souk and try to turn their observations into prose that will transport the reader to the heart of the medina. David also discusses the nature of travel writing with the tutors and reflects on whether such a course can produce the next Bruce Chatwin or Bill Bryson.


Presented by David Stafford

Spice market in Marrakesh


Photo: Spice Market in Marrakesh

This week’s guests:

Anthony Sattin
is a writer, critic and broadcaster who has travelled extensively in the Middle East, an area that features prominently in his writing.  Anthony is the author of several books including The Gates Of Africa: Death, Discovery & The Search For Timbuktu.  His highly acclaimed book The Pharaoh's Shadow - a search for surviving ancient culture in modern Egypt - was the subject of a Radio 4 documentary.

Lifting the Veil: British Society in Egypt, 1768-1956
Publisher: J M Dent & Sons Ltd
ISBN-10: 0460047507
ISBN-13: 978-0460047500

The Pharaoh's Shadow
Publisher: Orion mass market paperback; New Ed edition
ISBN-10: 0575402784
ISBN-13: 978-0575402782

The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery, and the Search for Timbuktu
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN-10: 0312336438
ASIN: B000VYVIME

Jonathan Lorie is a former editor of Traveller Magazine.  Jonathanset up and runs Travellers’ Tales, a companywhich organises travel writing and travel photography holidays and short breaks for the absolute beginners and seasoned professionals.

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