Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise.
In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.
Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain
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Join us for adventures in fabulosa España! We’re celebrating the publication of Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain, the fifth anthology in the award-winning Wandering series.
In many ways, Andalusia, situated as it is, at the southern boundary of the Iberian Peninsula, is a crossroads, a caravansary where settlers from northern Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East have left their mark. We went from Córdoba to Málaga, from Granada and its Alhambra to Cadíz to bring back stories of cities, rivers, coasts, plains, food, spirit and passion. All embarked upon new roads of discovery, and were well rewarded in our investigations.
These, after all, are the landscapes that inspired Cervantes, Lorca, Machado, Navarro, Unamuno, Hemingway, Conrad and Menocal. In the words of poet and rock idol, Jim Morrison, “Andalusia with fields ripe with grain, I want to see you again and again.”
For some of us, the Wanderland anthologies provided a first experience at being published nationally. Others of us have many publications under our belts, but delight in the opportunity Wanderland anthologies provide to publish narrative nonfiction. And we all love the fun and camaraderie of Wanderland Writers workshops.
“Linda and Joanna are excellent instructors, and participating in Wanderland Writers workshops has definitely improved my writing skills. The anthologies let me publish some of my favorite stories in an appealing format that has more permanence than a magazine, newspaper, or blog.”
— Laurie McAndish King, award-winning travel writer and photographer
“I met Joanna and Linda when I signed up to go to Ireland to write about my experiences there. My goal was and is to complete a travel memoir. Our relationship continues as I gain more confidence and realize how much I’ve learned and improved under their tutelage. They have a great formula combining good ideas and information within a relaxed and supportive teaching style. It’s easy to say ‘Yes’ to their wanderings.”
— Sandra Bracken, artist