In November of 2011, 25-year-old conservation biology master’s student Jonathan Cope travelled to Shaanxi province to study the vocalisations of golden snub-nosed monkeys, a field untouched by English-language researchers for four decades. He talks to Andrea O’Neil.
Some of you may blame Bilbo Baggins. Some of you will inculpate The Famous Five. Or perhaps, if you are of a more recent generation, it will have been Harry Potter or some teen vampire. The culprits are varied. Myself, I blame the likes of Dr Dolittle, Tintin and Asterix. In the warm haven that was the Palmerston North library, close by my family home, they and their kind got me hooked on reading. Steve Maharey writes.
You don’t have to duck bullets in Afghanistan to produce good travel writing. Properly undertaken, a suburban bus trip can be a voyage of discovery, travel writing lecturer Dr Jack Ross tells his students. One of his course assignments is to “take public transport: bus/train/ferry to another part of the Auckland region – write a piece about your discoveries there”.