Great news: I've been invited to be a guest speaker at the Australian Festival of Travel Writing. The festival, which will be held in Melbourne on 29-30-31 October, will reach beyond mere words on the page to incorporate new forms of travel writing such as blogging, radio, film, photography, performance and arts.
This year's program features three themes - Dynamic India, Multicultural French Travellers, and Travel on Two Wheels – with a prominent line-up of speakers including Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler, India's Chetan Bhagat, who was voted one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People, and Le Monde journalist-cyclist, Guillaume Prebois, presenting a series of panels and workshops that will challenge the way we think about travel and tourism.
I personally will be sharing the highs and lows of my War Child Cambodia Cycle Challenge for the Travellers Giving Back: Voluntourism and Travelling for Charities panel on Sunday 31 October from 2.30-3.30pm at the Wheeler Centre (behind the State Library). Hope to see you there!