Storms lashing the British coast last month revealed a strange, new sight off the west coast of Wales, near the village of Borth: the stumps of hundreds of tree trunks, rising out of the sand, like broken teeth. Could this be part of Cantre’r Gwaelod, a mythical kingdom believed to have disappeared beneath the waves thousands of years ago? Has Wales’s very own Atlantis been found?
Travels in Belize: Eco-Tourism, Mayan Temples, Snakes That Chase You, Pasta with Coppola.
Written vividly, honestly and with a bonus sense of humor, Worrall has us visiting a working cattle ranch (read sample); sit on a remote beach delightedly watching rare white dolphins playing in the Atlantic. He ponders the millenia as the continent has risen from the sea so that now he sits on a high cliff within reach of whalebones. A sense of Time. We are with them as they brake suddenly trying to sneak up on a shy Nandu that only flees, zigzagging,flipping out alternate wings like directional signals….
Inspired by an image by 19th century, British photographer, Samuel Bourne, National Geographic author, Simon Worrall, sets off to find for the remote Himalayan monastery of Ki. Situated behind The Inner Line on the India-Tibet border, at over 14,000 ft., it is the highest monastery in the world. There, he discovers a ‘Lost World’ of pure Tibetan Buddhist culture that hardly exists in Tibet itself. Lavishly illustrated with maps and photographs, and full of affectionate portraits of the people and places he encounters, Journey to Ki will take you on an unforgettable journey to a place few travellers have visited ….
The story of the Pilgrim Fathers after they step ashore at Plymouth Rock is well known. But their English origins have received little attention. In this piccaresque travelogue, which combines humour with deep, historical research, critically acclaimed National Geographic writer, Simon Worrall, sets off for the village of Scrooby, in Lincolnshire, to unearth the true story of the Englishmen (and women) who founded America. The result is sure to surprise you …
The Belize No On Knows.
Prize-winning, young travel writer, Tara Isabella Burton, whom I have been mentoring since February 2013 recently wrote this about her experience: “Working with Simon was an absolutely invaluable part of my development as a writer. His depth and breadth of experience is staggering, and throughout our conversations, he’s not only helped me to improve the [...]
In these three non-fiction stories, critically acclaimed National Geographic writer, Simon Worrall, takes the reader on an exciting journey to one of the world’s last wild places: Belize. The first story, Hike Across The Vaca Plateau, describes a 20-mile trek through a remote part of the Cayo district, accompanied by a Mayan guide and a mule. On the way, Worrall brings to life the amazing wildlife of the region: jaguars and wild pigs, poisonous snakes and tarantulas. Journey Down The Macal River, the second story, is a hybrid: part travelogue, part investigative report. sent to Belize by the Guardian, Worrall travels down the Macal River, cutting between his adventures in the jungle and the murky story behind the construction of the ill-fated Chalillo Dam and its disastrous effects on the area’s fauna and flora, above all the Scarlet Macaw. The result is a searing indictment of an ecological catastrophe. The title story takes the reader behind the scenes of Hollywood icon, Francis Ford Coppola’s life in Belize, in which the great director talks about the best way to cook pasta, his disaffection with Hollywood, and how he has managed to stay married to the same woman all his life…..
Last week, a gruesome discovery was made in the Sahara: the decomposed corpses of 52 children, part of a group of 113 migrants from Niger who were being transported by human traffickers toward Algeria and the glittering El Dorado of their dreams, Europe…