Vintage is teaming with Moleskine to produce a limited special edition of travel writer Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines in recognition of the book's 30th year since publication. The anniversary celebrations also entail a new competition from Vintage this summer to find "today’s innovators in travel storytelling".
The Songlines will be reissued by Vintage Classics in a special edition, created by Moleskine in the shape of a large notebook, with a limited print run of 2,000 copies, combined with a blank page notebook, for the reader’s own travel writing.
The Bruce Chatwin competition meanwhile, open to entries throughout the summer, is calling for submissions of up to 1,500 words on any travel writing experience. Delivery can be in any format, whether written digitally or by hand, read aloud on video or audio recorded, accompanied by images, or even an Instagram series, Youtube video or blog.
The judges will be looking for original travel stories that "represent travel in 2017 and which celebrate the future of travel storytelling with the spirit of Chatwin". They comprise Bruce Chatwin biographer Nicholas Shakespeare, editor in chief of travel magazine Cereal Rosa Park, co-founder of the Moleskine brand Maria Sebregondi and travel photographer and founder at Collater.al Alessandro Timpanaro.
Charlotte Knight, senior editor at Vintage Classics, said: "We are very happy to be working with Moleskine to celebrate Chatwin, one of the great travel storytellers. The special edition of The Songlines, with its iconic Moleskine cover, is a thing of beauty, and we can’t wait to hear the stories of travellers both far-flung and nearby with our joint travel-writing competition."
Sebregondi, Moleskine's co-founder, added: "Never in history has traveling and travel storytelling been so widespread. The internet is the widest repository of travel stories ever existed. In this diverse landscape there are also risks of trivialization and loss of meaning of the traveling experience. The need for imaginative and meaningful storytelling is stronger than ever."
The winner’s story will be published on the official website of Cereal Magazine, readcereal.com and on the Vintage website, and the winner will receive a Bruce Chatwin travel kit.
The closing date for entries is 7th September, with the announcement of the winner in early October 2017.
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