It’s remiss of me not to have mentioned yet the beautiful blog maintained by Kári Gíslason, “Are My Feet In The Way? Place, Travel and Writing Home” (http://aremyfeetintheway.blogspot.com). My writing buddy, Kathy George, posted a “Letter from Cape Town” on Monday, April 18, 2011, and there are many other wonderful travel memoirs to be found here by Kári and a host of talented guest bloggers.
Some of the “letters” encompass notions of home, experiences of belonging and non-belonging, visiting and re-visiting places to which one may have links or find oneself forming them. I confess I haven’t yet read Kári’s memoir, The Promise of Iceland, but it’s getting rave reviews. In it, Kári explores his own complex identity with place (among other things) – he has an Australian accent, an Icelandic name, an English mother, an Icelandic father, a home in Brisbane, and a yen for travel. I must get to the book after Christmas – but meanwhile, the blog’s a great read.
Interestingly enough, this month’s WQ magazine (Location, Location, Location) is all about writing and place (and features a “Letter from Zambia” by Kári). There’s a nice interview with Zoe Boccabella, who wrote her memoir Mezza Italiana after visiting her ancestral village, Fossa in central Italy.
And just for completeness tonight, I should mention The View From Fez (http://riadzany.blogspot.com/), a very popular blog maintained by writers Sandy McCutcheon and Suzanna Clarke, who divide their time between their house in Brisbane and their riad in the Fez Medina. Suzanna’s photography is stunning and her book, A House In Fez, is selling like proverbial hot-cakes.
That’s definitely enough plugging mates’ books and blogs for one night! 🙂 But if we don’t tell each other things, how are we s’posed to find out?