The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

Af­ter found­ing a pi­o­neer­ing adventure travel out­fit in the 70s, Christine Gee has turned to her love of lit­er­a­ture as in­spi­ra­tion for a new com­pany, Read­ers & Writ­ers Tours. Team­ing up with for­mer Aus­tralian Hi­malayan Ex­pe­di­tions part­ner Goronwy Price, she has cre­ated a tempt­ing port­fo­lio of jour­neys “to the source of the sto­ries”. The 2016 pro­gram kicks off in Jan­uary in In­dia with a Jaipur Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val & Palaces tour led by Gee. Other groups will visit China’s Book­worm Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val in March and Bri­tain’s Hay-on-Wye Fes­ti­val in May. There will be a tour to France re­call­ing the lit­er­ary le­gacy of The West­ern Front, and US-born au­thor Carl Robin­son, who left Viet­nam the day be­fore Saigon fell, will lead The Quiet Amer­i­can Tour. “We will be im­mers­ing our­selves in the sto­ries we cher­ish and cel­e­brat­ing our love of books and lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals, while al­low­ing enough time along the way to re­lax,” says Gee, who hatched the idea for the com­pany while run­ning writ­ing cour­ses at the Na­tional Li­brary of Australia with her late hus­band Bryce Courte­nay, who re­mains her “in­spi­ra­tion”. More: read­er­sand­writ­er­s­


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