TRAVEL: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Travels and Travelling REVIEW

TRAVEL: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Travels and Travelling
Published by Collections of Poetry and Prose
Published 12 October 2016
254 pages
Review copy

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I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.

From a bleak bus ride through Glasgow at midnight, to a trans – Californian road trip, from summer in Dubrovnik and finding peace in a Spanish paradise, to a bumpy bus ride to Kampala and the Paris Metro at night… TRAVEL, the third of the Collections of Poetry and Prose book series, features 97 contributions from 46 writers and poets around the world, all writing in their own unique, wonderful and occasionally quirky way about their travels and experiences travelling.

From rural towns and villages in Africa, Asia and India, and the tiny islands of Bahrain and Shetland, to the bustling metropolises of Europe, the Americas and Australasia, with many of the contributions reflecting the diverse backgrounds and cultures of the writers, TRAVEL explores the world and its people and culture in an undeniably unique and fascinating way.

Compiled by Robin Barratt, with… Abigail George, Akwu Sunday Victor, Allerton Shaw, Amanda Earthwren, Andrew Hunter, Barbara Hawthorn, Bee Parkinson, Bernadette Perez, Brian Langley, Clare Roslington, Claudia Hardt, Clement Clark, Cyrus Dali Vesuvala, David Hollywood, David Watt, Dayle Ashton, Don Adams, Greg Bogaerts, Heidi Al Khajah, Jeannie Bennett, Jenna Rainey, Jennifer Riggs, Jo Wilson-Ridley, John R, Sabine, John Stokes, Justin Fox, Kariuki wa Nyamu, Kathleen Bleakley, Kathleen Boyle, Kathleen Vallance, Keith Nunes, Kimmy Alan, Madhavi Tiwary, Madhumitha Murali, Margaret Clifford, Martin Redfern, Mavis Atha, Megan MacLeod, Nashrah Siddiqui, Pallang Mofokeng, Pamela Scott, Pat Smekal, Robin Barratt, S’busiso Manqa, Sara Spivey, Zahra Zuhair.


From Traveling by Amanda Earthwren

Many travel to find themselves without realising that each moment is a journey, each thought, everything we say and do.


I really enjoyed TRAVEL: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Travels and Travelling. Like the publisher’s last collection, LOVE: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Love and Being in Love, the diversity of subject and style is impressive. I must admit I enjoyed the poems in TRAVEL a bit more than the prose but that’s simply because I get more pleasure out of reading poetry than prose and doesn’t reflect the quality of the overall content of this collection. This collection of offers enjoyable poetry and prose about every possible aspect of travelling ranging from tourists impressions of their worst/best trips, locations all over the world, prose that tries to get to the root of why some people are restless and travel a lot, poems and stories with a touch of humour, surprise and even sorrow. TRAVEL: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Travels and Travelling caters to a wide range of tastes and interests. My favourite pieces include Traveling by Amanda Earthwren, There Was A Time by Akwu Sunday Victor, Kishinev In The Snow by David Hollywood, Errol Flynn As A Young Man by John Stokes and Water-Buffalo With Concrete Freeway by John Stokes. I enjoyed many other pieces in this collection but these spoke to me a little bit more.




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