Male Routes and Female Travellers : Kapka Kassabova and Erika Fatland

Writers: Kapka Kassabova (Edinburgh) and Erika Fatland (Oslo); Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith (London)
Kapka Kassabova

Journeys to Lake Ohrid, into ancient Thrace, over the north-eastern route through Siberia as far as Korea, to the Himalayas and through the successor countries of the Soviet Union. Two globetrotting female writers consider the question of patriarchal travel clichés and male travel stereotypes. How do we counter these today, and how do we define ‘feminine’ travel? Kapka Kassabova b. 1973, is a Bulgarian writer and travel journalist, who lives in Scotland. She is a contributor, among others, to The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Vogue. In 2018, she received the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize of the British Academy. Recently published in German: Am See, 2021. Thrilling like an adventure novel, emotive like a poem and mesmerizing through artful figurative language. There is no more vivid way to explain the world with its joys and suffering, with its beauty and shadows. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Die letzte Grenze Erika Fatland b. 1983, is a Norwegian travel writer. She speaks eight languages; her books about travel have been translated into more than 15 languages and awards include the Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize. Recently published in German: Reise zum Himalaya, 2021. Knowledgeable, precise, clever and subtly reserved, entertaining, balanced and not without the occasional irony – every chapter by this ‘Grenzgänger’, who hasn’t shied away from any travail, is fascinating reading. Renate Nimtz-Köster, Süddeutsche Zeitung on Die Grenze Rosie Goldsmith British multi-media journalist with specialist knowledge of the arts, literature and international affairs. She has worked across the world for BBC Radio and is currently the Director of the European Literature Network.

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