Rivers and Relationships published by Bradt travel guides

Delighted that my piece on New Zealand ‘Rivers and Relationships’ was long-listed by Bradt Guides and the Independent on Sunday in their travel-writing competition.

Tasman Sea

Back in 1997 I flew to New Zealand and, while the relationship I’d had in London and travelled to continue didn’t work out, I discovered a beautiful and fascinating country. I was sad to hear of the recent earthquakes and send my best wishes to our cousins in New Zealand.

I was talking to a Kiwi at Birmingham New Street the other day – as you do – and he said a whole suburb of Christchurch was unsafe and would have to be levelled. These days, when the first headlines have been written, we hear little more unless we have a personal connection. Sadly, the hardship continues for many……

I had a great time in NZ and would like to return one day to climb Mount Cook and swim again in the Tasman! You can read my long-listed story by clicking here.

Congratulations to overall winners Simon Duncan and Dawn Curtis, especially as Simon also chose the Tasman for his story.

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About richlakin

I'm married with two young boys and living in Staffordshire. If I'm not working you can find me day dreaming or holding high-brow literature in front of my face. Or eating Arctic Roll.
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