Vietnam: Journey to the Centre of the Earth Part II

Starring James Mason as Professor Lidenbrock, the 1959 film of the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth enthralled a young boy named David Angus, who is now a Portsmouth-based travel writer and planetary modeller. The young David marvelled over the giant mushrooms, dimetrodons and the sea at the Earth’s centre. That sea Read more

Springtime in Chernobyl Part II

When the Easter break comes round some people like to holiday in Spain or Italy. Not so Portsmouth-based writer and planetary modeller David Angus. He plumped for Chernobyl and here’s the conclusion of his extraordinary tour of the post-disaster zone. Not far from Chernobyl power station was a kindergarten.  The building’s colours were close to monotone Read more

Springtime in Chernobyl Part I

When the Easter break comes round some people like to holiday in Spain or Italy. Not so Portsmouth-based writer and planetary modeller David Angus. He plumped for Chernobyl… Why Chernobyl? Good question. It’s not that easy to answer, but I also couldn’t resist the title. Although the main reason for going to Kiev was the science Read more

Travel Writing: Thrills, Spills, Risks and Rewards (part of Portsmouth Bookfest)

What makes for good travel writing? How do you get into the profession? What practical, ethical and political challenges come with the job? Who are the great travel writers and what can we learn from them? Can an outsider ever fairly and accurately represent a given place, society or culture? University of Portsmouth lecturer, travel Read more