As I wrote in Britt-Arnhild´s House in the Woods the other day, I have had to say no to an invitation from Travellers´Tales to go to a Travel Writing Workshop in London in June. Instead of feeling sad for not going, I have decided to have my own workshop, in my Blue Studio. A pile of books, a notebook, pencils, folders with photos on my MacBook, old travel journals, and a study plan. A study plan which includes travels of course.
This is going to be so much fun.
Among my first lessons is to read Lonely Planet´s Guide to Travel Writing, a gift from my good friend Jane whan I came to stay in her Serenity House in California some time ago. I am having my first travel writing lesson today, I open the book and I read the Introduction.
And I stop there. Under the title "A (Very) Short History" , which starts with the words: Travel writing is an ancient impulse, people have been sharing accounts of their journeys ever since they first began to wander........ Then it continues with a list of well known travel writers........all of them, except Jan Morris, male.
I could hardly believe what I read. I had to read the page once more. Still all men, except Jan Morris (who actually was a man when she started her travel writing career.......)
Where are the women? Sure, they are there. I know, because I have collected female travel litterature for more than 10 years. And I have a rich collection, with names as Alexandra David-Neel, Mary Woolstonecraft. Freya Stark, Isabelle Bird, Dervla Murphy, Margaret Fountaine, Frances Mayes and Marianne North to mention just a few.
I am going to continue my Lonely Planet´s Guide to Travel Writing lesson, and hopefully I will meet a fellow woman or two pretty soon. And if I do not, I still have my extended female travel writers´collection, and I have places like Journeywomen and female travelling.
But most of all I have myself. I have my own travels, my own images, my own words.
They will keep me going.
The photos illustrating this post are from one of my travels, somewhere, sometime.