Isle of Wight-based Julie Watson, a retired English teacher, is publishing her first travel story collection called ‘Travel Mementos: Personal Stories about Faraway Places’.
The volume of 20 travel tales is being released this Friday (19th March 2021) to whet the appetite of armchair travellers trapped in lockdown who are dreaming of the day they can go on holiday again.
Retired academic Julie explains her inspiration for writing the book:
“When I retired, I wanted to create something out of my travel memories that I could later read in order to re-live bits of my life.
“I’ve travelled quite a lot during my career and life so once I started writing down my recollections new ones came to mind, and the collection just grew and grew. Also, as I explain in the introduction to Travel Mementos, in my early 20s an amateur palmist read my hand and informed me that I ‘would travel a lot, and could write but probably lacked the willpower’ – it took a while, but I hope I have now, definitively, proved her wrong about the last prediction!”
Travel Mementos is described as ‘a collection of true stories from locations around the world. Spanning continents and cultures, the evocative retelling of these personal memories will
transport, surprise and delight you in an immersive reading experience.’
Explaining the process behind each personal story, Julie says:
“I did very little documenting of my travels at the actual time but each of the stories in Travel Mementos is built around a particular event or place or person that left a strong impression on me for one reason or another. I used those memories and pieced together a more complete recall of them using slides and photos, annotated old guidebooks and by doing some research”.
Travel Mementos: Personal Stories about Faraway Places by Julie Watson retails at £6.99 and can be bought locally at Medina Books in Cowes or via https://beachybooks.com/bookshop/travel-mementos-personal-storiesabout-faraway-places (from Friday).
“We hear the patrol boat before we see it. A motoric throb resonates from deep within the sea mist. White swirls wrap the dark-pitted peaks of Morocco as they float upwards, mysterious and intangible in the distance…”
Except from Travel Mememtos