I’m still talking about my new book from Melbourne University Press On Travel but I’ll soon be moving on to my next book, Islands of Australia to be published by the National Library of Australia in Canberra in October.
I’ve already been talking about it, even before it appears. My island travels took me to Dirk Hartog Island off the coast of Western Australia. and when French explorer Louis de Freycinet arrived on Dirk Hartog in 1818 his wife Rose de Freycinet was with the expedition. Totally unofficially, he smuggled her aboard his ship and she would become one of the first women to circumnavigate the world.
It’s an adventure documented in her diary which is in the collection of the State Library of NSW in Sydney. When I spoke at the library in April we had that wonderful diary on view for the evening. More on this book when it’s published.▲ The National Geographic Explorer
Land of the Ice Bears: An In-depth Expedition to Arctic Svalbard
Sunday 16 to Wednesday 26 June 2019 Maureen and I will be on the ship National Geographic Explorer exploring this polar outpost and I’ll be talking travel and about Global Heritage Fund, my archaeological connection. If you want to join in check the Lindblad website for the full story. This was the trip I would have done last year – 2018 – if I hadn’t foolishly broken my ankle.
Thursday 27 June 2019 – I’m speaking at @travel_con in Boston, USA. ‘Nomadic Matt,’ the super-energetic organiser’ claims the event is going to be the largest travel media event of the year! Come and join me and other creators, you can get your ticket at travelcon.org
Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July 2019 – it’s the Ulisse Fest and Rimini on the Adriatic coast of Italy. I had a lot of fun in Bologna and Rimini at this great travel festival last year and I’m sure it’s going to be equally special this time around.October 2019 – Australia’s Islands launches and I’m sure I’ll be doing some talking about the amazing islands I visited around Australia while I was researching this book. Like Middle Island with bright pink Lake Hillier, in the Recherche Group off the Western Australia coast from the town of Esperance.
23-27 October 2019 – I’ll be in Bali, Indonesia for the wonderful Ubud Writers Festival.