JANUARY IN KEY WEST is the time of the Literary Seminar, and this year’s theme was ‘Travel, Discovery and Adventure’. Many writers had travelled a long way to attend: Pico Iyer, Barry Lopez, Gretel Ehrlich, Dervla Murphy, Peter Matthiessen and Mary Morris were among them.

Why we travel; what we hope to discover; the exterior and the interior journey; what we mean by adventure: all these and a dozen other topics came up for discussion. But one theme struck me as an essential one for writers of our time. Lopez voiced it when he spoke about meeting a group of writers in Adelaide who all agreed that ...


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