Monday, 9 March 2015

Travelling Book update - and giveaway!

So, as long-time readers may be aware, back in August 2014 I sent out a pile of "travelling books" - these were blank journals that would go from person to person, with each person writing a little bit about themselves, and when the journal is filled it's to come back to me, and I'll scan it so that everyone can see where it's been. (Check out the website if you'd like to know more)

Anyhow, in each book I put a Twitter hashtag, in the hope that people would tweet about them.  And I got a hit this week - one of the books, which I last saw last summer when I hastily dropped it on a desk in Hull College's library, is on its way to Portland, Oregon - I think that this makes at least four of the books that is going to have visited the US, which is awesome.  The whole idea behind the books was that I wanted to travel, and do all kinds of amazing things, and meet new people blah blah blah - but realistically I can't do that, I have a job, bills, a family, and I wouldn't want to give any of that up (well... maybe the bills I could skip) so the blank journals were a way that I could experience travelling without having to leave my home or do anything too drastic.

I'm toying with the idea of sending a few more books out - I have about four or five journals left over from the original exercise.  If you'd like one, drop me a comment why (awesome responses have a better chance!), and let me know how to get in touch with you... and you might give one!

Um... should I have rules for this giveaway?



To have a chance of getting a free travelling book sent to you for you to write in and then send on, you may abide by the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post saying why you want a travelling book, where you live, and anything else that you think might convince me to pick you. Do this by 11:59pm on Friday 20th March 2015, GMT.
  • You agree to have your location (I'm talking about a rough location like New York, US, not your home address or anything silly) mentioned on the Travelling Book Project website
  • My decision is final and may be based on anything including, but not limited to, your name, your comment, your location, my feelings, the time of day, whether I'm tired or not, and hunger. I haven't decided whether its good if you live a long way away of me, because then your book will be all exotic and exciting, or whether its better if you live in the UK because the postage will be cheaper.
  • Multiple comments aren't likely to help you, and probably will make it less likely that I pick you because they annoy me.
  • You don't need to like, share, +1 this post, or anything like that, and doing so won't count as an entry.  But I'm not telling you not to, either.

I look forward to reading your exciting comments!  If you want to find out more about the Travelling Book Project, go to


  1. Hi Mike,

    I think this is a great idea and imagine you will have some very interesting combinations of writing when the completed journals return home.

    I am going to Sumatra in May to work on a scientific study into the Sumatran tiger. On this basis, I would be very interested in taking one of the remaining journals, as not only would it give me a focus for writing my piece, but I expect to be working with a group of different nationalities, so I would have a wide range of people to talk to about it and see whether any were interested in taking it on the next stage of its journey.

    Alternatively, if I did not find a suitable person whilst in Sumatra I could send it on to my cousin, who works in Tanzania, or may also have other interesting alternatives.

    I'm looking forward to seeing some of the products of the project!

    1. This is an awesome suggestion! Definitely getting a journal out to you :)

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