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PHILIP MARSDEN WITH TIM HANNIGAN: TRAVEL WRITING AND CORNWALL AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

Sunday 17th October, 2.30pm
Venue: The Poly
Tickets: £7 (£5 students)

Philip Marsden is an internationally renowned travel writer who is best known in Cornwall as the author of The Levelling Sea, a mesmerising history of Falmouth, charting its maritime past from the 16th century onwards. His latest book,The Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination, saw him setting sail from his home on the Fal river on a solo journey to north west Scotland via the West coast of Ireland. 


Tim Hannigan was born in Penzance and as a travel writer has written mainly about Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. Tim’s latest book is The Travel Writing Tribe: Journeys in Search of a Genre in which he asks, in a time of Tripadvisor and Instagram, where travel writing go in the twenty-first century?

Tim and Philip will be talking about whether it is ever okay for travel writers to make things up, and just where the frontier between fact and fiction lies. Is travel writing just a genre dominated by posh white men? And what of travel writing’s queasy colonial connections? They'll also discuss the influence that Cornwall has on their work and the importance of sense of place in the writing process.