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With an emphasis on non-fiction travel books, books on place, nature writing, and travel literature, host Jeremy Bassetti talks with the world’s most celebrated writers about their work and about the business and craft of travel writing in this award-winning podcast. Past guests include travel writers like Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, and Rolf Potts. The show also covers topics related to travel journalism and travel photography.

Travel Writing World Jeremy Bassetti

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With an emphasis on non-fiction travel books, books on place, nature writing, and travel literature, host Jeremy Bassetti talks with the world’s most celebrated writers about their work and about the business and craft of travel writing in this award-winning podcast. Past guests include travel writers like Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, and Rolf Potts. The show also covers topics related to travel journalism and travel photography.

    Ryan Murdock’s “A Sunny Place for Shady People”

    Ryan Murdock’s “A Sunny Place for Shady People”

    Ryan Murdock joins me in today’s episode. We talk about his new book A Sunny Place for Shady People: How Malta Became One of the Most Curious and Corrupt Places in the World. The interview was actually an online event with Ryan’s publisher, Trinity University Press, that was recorded fairly late in the evening for Ryan. You can watch the event on their Facebook page and I assume they'll post it on their YouTube channel in due course. 







    Ryan is the host of the Personal Landscapes podcast, which you should definitely check out if you haven't already.







    Towards the end of the interview, I mention a discount code for Ryan’s book through Trinity University Press. Seek out that discount code if you’re interested in purchasing a copy.









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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Michael Kerr on 2024 Travel Books

    Michael Kerr on 2024 Travel Books

    Michael Kerr joins me on the podcast to chat about the transformation of travel media from storytelling to a more utilitarian approach driven by the internet and market forces, the current trends in travel books — particularly the rise of narratives addressing social and environmental issues and how they have revitalized the genre —, and Stanford's Travel Book of the Year awards.







    Michael is the creator of Deskbound Traveller, a website and blog dedicated to exploring the literary side of travel, nature, and place. Michael brings with him a rich background as a former deputy travel editor at The Daily Telegraph.









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    • 29 min
    Doreen Cunningham – Soundings: Journeying to Alaska in the Company of Whales

    Doreen Cunningham – Soundings: Journeying to Alaska in the Company of Whales

    Doreen Cunningham joins me on the podcast to talk about her book Soundings: Journeying to Alaska in the Company of Whales (Scribner 2022).







    Purchase Soundings by Doreen Cunningham







    Support your local bookstore, or purchase her book Soundings: Journeying to Alaska in the Company of Whales from Amazon.









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    • 32 min
    Thomas Bird – Harmony Express: Travels by Train Through China

    Thomas Bird – Harmony Express: Travels by Train Through China

    Thomas Bird joins me on the podcast to talk about his book Harmony Express: Travels by Train Through China (Earnshaw Books 2023).







    We talk about Thomas's new book and his creative journey, the development and history of China's rail network, freelance writing in China in the early 2000s, China's diversity, his advice for "writing for the ages," and more.







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    • 39 min
    Thomas Swick – Falling Into Place: A Story of Love, Poland, and the Making of a Travel Writer

    Thomas Swick – Falling Into Place: A Story of Love, Poland, and the Making of a Travel Writer

    Thomas Swick joins me on the podcast to talk about his book Falling Into Place: A Story of Love, Poland, and the Making of a Travel Writer (Rowman & Littlefield 2023).







    Thomas and I chat about Tom’s creative journey, his time in Poland, the evolution of the travel writer as an occupation, the importance of having life experiences for writers, and a lot more. 







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    • 31 min
    Jeremy Bassetti Speaks with Ryan Murdock about “The Hill of the Skull”

    Jeremy Bassetti Speaks with Ryan Murdock about “The Hill of the Skull”

    Toady I’m bringing you a conversation I had with Ryan Murdock for his Personal Landscapes Podcast. He was kind enough to not only chat with me about my book The Hill of the Skull on his podcast, but let me re-broadcast a the conversation here on Travel Writing World. We talk about sacred mountains, anthropology, Bolivia, globalization, pilgrimage, and other topics.







    If you aren’t subscribed to Ryan’s podcast, I recommend that you do so. Just search for Personal Landscapes in your favorite podcatcher or visit personallandscapespodcast.com.







    In personal news:







    The crowdfunding campaign for The Hill of the Skull is entering its last two weeks. We’ve raised about 1/3 of the funds needed to publish the special edition book. If you are in a position to support the campaign, please consider doing so by visiting: travelwritingworld.com/skull, which will redirect you to the Kickstarter campaign page where you will find several ways to support the book.







    So, without further ado, here is my conversation with Ryan Murdock on the Personal Landscapes  podcast.







    Purchase The Hill of the Skull by Jeremy Bassetti







    To support the crowdfunding campaign, visit The Hill of the Skull on Kickstarter.









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    Finally, join the Travel Writing World newsletter to receive your free copy of The Travel Writer’s Guidebook. You will also receive monthly dispatches & reports with podcast interviews, travel writing resources, & book recommendations. Alternatively, you can join the Genius Loci Newsletter to get monthly roundups of travel writing news.







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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

michaelpiazza ,

Engaging & Thoughtful

I stumbled upon the podcast from a nature/ecology avenue that i don’t clearly remember at this point, but i’ve been binging (and buying books!) ever since. A great balance of experience, philosophy and craft. Highly recommended.

Ilikewaterbottles ,

Favorite travel podcast

Jeremy’s podcast is a treasure. I binged when I first discovered it, and have heard most if not all since then. It’s great for hearing stories from established writers, discovering new ones, and appreciating the craft of travel writing. Highly recommended—plus the website has a useful resource for budding writers.

ingrid_t ,

Thoughtful interviews

Essential listening for budding travel writers. Thoughtful interviews with insightful guests that delve deep into the journey and craft of writing.

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