Further Resources & Inspiration…

Essays 

Deep Maps & the Soul of Place
Techniques for Creative Writers and Teachers of Creative Writing by Linda Lappin


Books

Book that have had the most influence on me regarding the evocation of place:

Justine by Lawrence Durrell —>The Egyptian city of Alexandria once boasted the world’s greatest library, home to scholars dedicated solely to the pursuit of knowledge. But on the eve of World War II, the obsessed characters in this mesmerizing novel find that their pursuits lead only to bedrooms in which each seeks to know-and possess-the other.

The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell —> Exploration of tragic love and the fluidity of recollection. Employing a fluctuating narrative and poetic prose, Durrell recounts his unnamed narrator’s all-encompassing romance with the intoxicating Justine. The result is a matchless work that confronts all we understand and believe about sexual desire, identity, place, and the certainty of time. 

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus by Lawrence Durrell —>Lawrence Durrell’s unique account of his time in Cyprus, during the 1950s Enosis movement for freedom of the island from British colonial rule. Winner of the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, it is a document at once personal, poetic and subtly political – a masterly combination of travelogue, memoir and treatise.

The Soul of Place: A Creative Writing Workbook – Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci by Linda Lappin —>In this engaging creative writing workbook, Linda Lappin, novelist, poet, and travel writer, presents a series of insightful exercises to help writers of all genres — (literary travel writing, memoir, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) discover imagery and inspiration in the places they love.


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