Chairperson: Colin Murphy
In a rare appearance this side of the Atlantic — his only in Ireland this year — American travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux discusses his work, his enduring wanderlust and the books that have shaped him as a reader, writer and traveller…
Theroux is one of the world’s most admired and imitated travel writers, having spent the best part of 50 years wandering the globe. In his latest book, The Tao of Travel, he celebrates this itinerant impulse by collecting and compiling key travel texts that have influenced and inspired him. Part philosophical guide, part miscellany, part reminiscence, The Tao of Travel presents excerpts from the best of Theroux’s own work — from the Great Railway Bazaar to Dark Star Safari — alongside selections from travellers both familiar and unexpected, including Nabokov, Thoreau and Hemingway.
As well as a prolific travel writer, Theroux is an acclaimed novelist and short story writer. His fiction includes: the 1978 Whitbread-winning Picture Palace, The Mosquito Coast (1981) and A Dead Hand (2009).