Hey there book lovers and trailblazers.
I am guessing that it is fairly clear from my blog site title and tagline that I am an avid reader and hiker. Where possible, I like to combine the two passions, though having broken my foot twice and both wrists in the past five years, this does not always work out so well for me… I am currently undertaking a PhD in the field of literary criticism, on the topic of ‘wandering’ in James Joyce’s Ulysses and Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree, two of my all-time favourite authors (and books). I also do some casual teaching at the University where I am studying and I live in the Blue Mountains just out of Sydney, where I try to hike a little every day.
*** Update – October 2019 ***
I finally finished the PhD. (6.5 years in the making. There was much celebration.) I have spent the last year teaching, but have just bought a van and will soon embark on my next adventure. I’m working the NSW south coast peach farm again this summer, then will be hitting the road for the following twelve months. I am taking time away from my teaching schedule to write creatively and get my publications up ahead of the next round of job apps, so will be spending 2020 circumnavigating this wonderful country I call home in a hiace pop top camper. I will also be using the time to paint, work on my photography, and teach myself Spanish and guitar. Oh, and I’ll be doing some hiking (of course).
Perhaps we’ll meet on the trail some day…