Wandering in Cornwall reading at A Great Good Place for Books

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Blog, Calendar, Cornwall, Press | 1 comment

Reading with Wanderland Writers at A Great Good Place for Books, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts

Wandering in Cornwall CoverWednesday, January 20th, 2016 || 7pm
A Great Good Place for Books|| 6120 LaSalle Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 ||

It’s another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the Wandering series.

This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring its castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, and cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land.

“Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of mythand legend will vow to see it for themselves.”
—Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides

“Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.”
—Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment

Writers reading will include: Anne Sigmon, Laurie King, Ethel Mussen, M.J. Pramik,  as well as editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar

For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com

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, 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.

1 Comment

  1. I found this delightful travelogue through luck. I was at the bookstore, looking for a good travel yarn, and it leaped out at me. Having hiked in Cornwall, I wanted to relive my adventures through others’ eyes. And the essays did not fail to please.

    My own fond memory happened unexpectedly. We were singing in Truro and I had a half day to explore the surrounding environs. I wanted to visit the site of an old Roman fort to the east of the city. Accompanying me were fellows choristers. We followed the paths, climbing turnstiles and going through hedgerows. At one point we saw a grove of what my friend said were redwoods. “Impossible,” I said. “Redwoods aren’t endemic to Cornwall.” As it turned out, this grove was the result of someone who had introduced them to Cornwall, where they thrived in the climate.

    Somewhere I have a photo of my friend, arms wrapped around one tree. Typical Bay Area behaviour, where everyone knows we’re all tree huggers. I look at that picture and smile, thinking of that hike in the bucolic countryside. And no, we never made it to the fort; we’d run out of time and had to go back. Perhaps an adventure for another day.

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