The I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest 2014 — Results

First, thank you to everyone who entered. We had lots of entries this year, and lots of different interpretations of the travel essay. Congratulations to the following writers. And a special thanks to this year’s judge, Robin Graham. First Place “Oh, Calcutta” by Paola Fornari   Second Place “The Scarlet Mile” by Gillian Brown   […]

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Oh, Calcutta by Paola Fornari

All good stories test boundaries. The boundary here is the edge of the author’s comfort zone. Skilfully told. — Robin Graham, travel writer and judge of the 2014 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition ____________________ ‘There are 330 million Hindu Gods.’ Ajit had only told us about four so far: Krishna, Radha, Shiva, and […]

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Expat Author Interview — Checking in with Paola Fornari

I’m honoured to host Paola Fornari this week. What an incredible story she shares with the world. _____________________________________ IMBO: What are you working on? Paola Fornari: My first book! Entitled Joyriding in Dhaka, it’s an often humorous, often serious account of how this particular expat made the most of her three and a half years […]

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Inside Bangladesh with Paola Fornari Hanna

(Important! If the bottoms of this post is cut off by the homepage’s pictures, try reloading the page. This usually works.) Paola Fornari Hanna lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh and writes almost daily about its charms and hazards. After reading many of these articles, I have to ask myself . . . why haven’t I been […]

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Expat Author Interview with Paola Fornari Hanna

Paola Fornari Hanna Paola Fornari Hanna is the trailing spouse par excellence. She’s been been following her husband around the world for thirty-three years — before that she was a trailing daughter. She was born in Tanzania — then Tanganyika — where her father was a doctor. Her parents moved house, and often village, twelve […]

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