Here, then, is my entry to that esteemed Canon. I offer sincere apologies - I've never really been a blogger, though I do go through phrases of trying. To cover the awkward six-month silence on these pages, let me fill you in on what I've been up to:
The book, published by IB Tauris, will be called The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on Foot through the Heart of the Middle East, and will be available in all good UK bookshops (news on international versions to follow.)
More to follow on that soon - there will be some significant writing on the story, and some radio work too.
May was mostly filled with a speaking tour, and in June I walked 250km along the Caminho Portugues, from Porto to Santiago. The route is one strand of the ancient Way of St James - a series of pilgrimage trails spread throughout Europe that all terminate in the city of Santiago, where the bones of the Saint are said to rest. For some it is a religious experience, but for most it is simply a pleasant walk (with perhaps a little spiritual flourish along the way.) I'll write about it at some point, I'm sure.
Expect: a film from Patagonia, a radio piece on the Samaritans, a book on the Middle East, a long-form article on Portugal and, hopefully much more.
I'm not sure when I'll next check in here, but I'll try and make it sharpish. Thanks for the support, readers!