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Making stuff up

Patrick Forsyth suggests a useful link between travel writing and storytelling

Let’s talk about fiction. Before you ask what for, bear with me: I do know the column heading indicates travel writing. Sometimes there is a link – an overlap – that can be useful.

A while ago I went on a tour, real tourist stuff, pay your money, queue up and get in the coach. It proved to be a day well spent. I will not bore you with the details, but it was a great way to see the area concerned and the information along the way was good and interesting. But the highlight was undoubtedly the guide, a man in late middle age and of slightly eccentric appearance, his gravelly voice, odd manner and the way he mixed current and historical facts about where we were with anecdotes and quips kept everyone both informed and amused.

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