Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Preparing to Speak.

Today I am about to embark on my preparation for 'The Talk'.

I shall need the books I used


the notes I made


and the photographs I took


to construct an illustrated talk about the research I did for my Patagonian novel.

There is so much here that it is difficult to know where to start. I look at a photo or start reading my notes, and immediately I am away, far from my desk, back in that cold desert with the guanaco munching on some frazzled weed and a flock of rhea skittering madly away across the pampas.

9 Comments:

Blogger Mary L. Tabor said...

Can't wait to read the book. Wish I could hear your talk.

Tue Jan 19, 04:36:00 pm  
Blogger Debra Hamel said...

This sounds like a horrific project.

Tue Jan 19, 05:31:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thank you, Mary! That's so kind of you.

Debra: it is. I just can't bring myself to start so I have rearranged the books into different piles, and it stupidly feels like I've done something.

Tue Jan 19, 05:45:00 pm  
Blogger Lizzy Siddal said...

You wouldn't be planning on delivering "the talk" in Scotland sometime, would you?

Tue Jan 19, 08:34:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

I would love to - if anyone invites me I'll be sure to let you know, Lizzy.

Tue Jan 19, 08:46:00 pm  
Blogger Paul said...

It would be fascinating to hear about your experiences in Patagonia. One of the marvellous things about travel is the ability to imagine oneself back in the various places one has been.

Looking forward to reading your Patagonia novel.

Wed Jan 20, 01:35:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thank you Paul - that's very kind. I'd love to hear you talk about the LHC too. I remember seeing a sample on a clip - I expect even better live!

And yes, I think that the memory of travelling, and the way it opens the mind (probably for life) is one of the best things about it.

Wed Jan 20, 02:08:00 pm  
Anonymous marly youmans said...

Clare, podcast! Wouldn't that be grand? We'd all like to hear it, and you're always so scrupulous--bound to be good.

Fri Jan 22, 12:06:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Good idea marly - though I think a YouTube clip might be better, because I reply quite heavily on pictures.

Fri Jan 22, 08:26:00 am  

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