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March 12: 11am Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.
As part of the Oxford International Women's Week, Mary Russell is giving an illustrated talk on women travellers related to the Pitt Rivers collection. Based on her own experiences, she will include a section on how to be streetwise when travelling solo.

May: a week's sailing from Dublin to Ardnamurchan in the Scottish Highlands on kind friend's 37 foot cruiser  Quetzal.

June 1: Fly to Moscow

June 2: Fly on to Ulyanovsk to make radio documentary.

June 16: Bloomsday events.
In Kingsthorpe Cemetery, Northampton, England. Readings and poetry at the graveside of James Joyce's daughter, Lucia. 7pm

Dublin: plenty of things happening. Google Bloomsday Dublin 2008

For millions of people, June 16 is an extraordinary day. On that day in 1904, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom each took their epic journeys through Dublin in James Joyce's
Ulysses, the world's most highly acclaimed modern novel."Bloomsday", as it is now known, has become a tradition for Joyce enthusiasts all over the world. From Tokyo to Sydney, San Francisco to Paris, Trieste to Northampton, dozens of cities around the globe hold their own Bloomsday festivities. The celebrations usually include readings as well as staged re-enactments and street-side improvisations of scenes from the story.

June 26:  Fly to Malta to join more kind friends' cruiser Alchemist
June 27:  Alchemist sets sail for the Greek islands.

September: hope to run some courses in England under the auspices of the WEA on travel, travel writing, travelling solo and in safety.

December 10th: Travel to South Africa.

Bike tour around Soweto.

Visit to Community radio station in Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape

Visit to Mpumalanga to stay with Servas hosts.

Accounts of these visits will appear on site later under journalism.

Christmas in the bush.

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