Travel writing has a well-known skew towards exotica. That’s understandable – if everywhere is the same, why leave home?
But globalisation has brought cross-pollination – and Melbourne nonfiction writer, teacher and author Doug Hendrie reveals you can now go everywhere and see traces of home.
In his Beechworth Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend workshop on February 11, Doug explores the possibility and promise of writing travel in a globalised world.
His AmalgaNations: how globalisation is good found a series of unexpected – and bizarre – cultural mash-ups, from StarCraft videogame superstars of South Korea to the Clash-loving punks of Indonesia; from gay power in the Catholic Philippines to the street filmmakers of Ghana.
‘A whirlwind world tour through surprising subcultures told with subtle humour,’ said publisher Hardie Grant, ‘AmalgaNations picks up where Louis Theroux leaves off.’
Doug has a longstanding interest in cross-cultural issues and emergent subcultures. He is working on his second book.