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Adventure, Travel, and Discovery - January 2006 Key West Literary Seminar

Dervla Murphy
Adventure, Travel, and Discovery - January 2006 Key West Literary Seminar

Dervla Murphy
"This is perhaps the moment to contradict the popular fallacy that a solitary woman who undertakes this sort of journey must be 'very courageous'. Epictetus put it in a nutshell when he said, 'For it is not death or hardship that is the fearful thing, but the fear of death or hardship.' Because in general the possibility of physical danger does not frighten me, courage is not required; when a man tries to rob or assault me, or when I find myself, as darkness is falling, utterly exhausted and waist-deep in snow, then I am afraid, but in such circumstances it is the instinct of self-preservation, rather than courage, that takes over."
      —Dervla Murphy, Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle

Dervla Murphy was born in Lismore, Co Waterford, Ireland in 1931. Her published works include Full Tilt. Ireland to India with a Bicycle (John Murray 1965); Tibetan Foothold (John Murray, 1966); The Waiting Land: A Spell in Nepal (London, John Murray/New York, Trans Atlantic Arts, 1967); In Ethiopia with a Mule (John Murray, 1968); On a Shoestring to Coorg: an experience of Southern India (John Murray; 1976); Where the Indus Is Young: A Winter in Baltistan (London, John Murray, 1977); A Place Apart (John Murray, 1978); Eight Feet in the Andes (John Murray, 1983); Changing the Problem: Post-Forum Reflections (pamphlet, Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1984); Muddling Through in Madagascar (John Murray, 1985); Cameroon with Egbert (John Murray, 1989); Transylvania and Beyond (John Murray/Woodstock, New York, Overlook Press, 1992); The Ukimwi Road. From Kenya to Zimbabwe (John Murray, 1993); South from the Limpopo: Travels Through South Africa (John Murray, 1997); Visiting Rwanda (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1998); One Foot in Laos (John Murray, 1999); and Through the Embers of Chaos: Balkan Journeys (John Murray, 2003).

When she isn't travelling, she lives in Lismore, Ireland.

Read more at http://dervla-murphy.biography.ms/

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