“You are a fool here. I hope you learn this gently.” BBC Q&A

Name: Richard Grant Title/bio: Author, journalist, presenter of the BBC documentary American Nomads, and current documentarian of tribal life in Ethiopia Website: Richardgrant.us Born in: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Currently living in: Pluto, Mississippi 1. Where would you rather be right now? The Mississippi Delta, my newly adopted home, rather than this west London suburb where I grew up. 2. Famous person…

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Travel Writing Workshop

I’m doing a workshop called The Art and Hustle of Travel Writing in Tubac, Arizona, from August 30th to September 2nd. I will be giving a brief overview of the genre, from Herodotus up to contemporary travel writers like Rory Stewart and Paul Theroux. I’ll cover observational skills and interview techniques. Developing an instinct for…

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delta crime report

I’ve been harvesting odd stories and snapshots of life from the crime reports in the local papers here in the Mississippi Delta. Some criminals here have unusual names, like Fonda Fry Golden (contempt), Charles Dickens (domestic violence), or Kunte Kinta Blissett (contempt). Of the Delta newspapers, the Enterprise-Tocsin in Indianola does the best job with its…

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Richard Grant’s ideal US road trip

Let the dawn rise behind you, and drive on towards the sunset. The great American road trip goes west, not east, and it ends at the barrier of the Pacific Ocean. Westward like the pioneers, you travel through ever bigger, emptier and more dramatic landscapes. The skies get taller. The horizons stretch out. You reach…

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St Lucia’s warmest of welcomes

How strange to be in this vast, opulent villa in St Lucia by myself. I wander through the seven double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. White walls, high ceilings, dark-wood floors, big airy rooms with ocean views – where in this wilderness of elegance shall I sleep? I settle on an upstairs room with…

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Radio

Some radio links to check out 🙂 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bsmdg http://www.worldfootprints.com/info?info=authors-corner http://www.ricksteves.com/radio/protected/descriptions.cfm?showID=376

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Port Magazine

Check out Richard’s essay about fear and risk in issue 4 of Port magazine http://port-magazine.com/2012/01/port-issue-4-for-ipad/

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that’s so delta

‘That’s So Delta!’ is the marketing slogan adopted by the town of Greenwood, Mississippi. I think of it every time I see a camo golf cart, or drive past the dentist with the Coca-Cola sign. When a fifteen year old girl goes into wailing labor in the clothing aisle of Wal Mart: that’s so Delta.…

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Omo Child

Tribal infanticide is coming to an end in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. See how in a short film I wrote and narrated The old link stopped working http://omochild.org/videos/omo-child-is-asking-for-your-support-today/

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