Why make this trip?
Because I yearn to travel. To see the people of the world. To listen and to learn.
To observe with my eyes, my heart, my ears, and my camera lenses.
Not as a tourist, but as a sojourner, a traveller.
Because I am a writer and I want to see what that looks like in other contexts.
Because I’m a wanderer, a nomad.
Because I want to understand art and artists in different contexts and cultures.
Because this all started when I was living in Scotland and I was thinking about how to get home to Australia.
Also, because I’m not sure what’s next. So this is what’s next.
And, because this is one way of honouring the adventurous spirit of my grandmother, Patricia Mary (Daly) Blanch.
Listening. Observing. Participating. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting.
Traveller. Scholar. Photographer. Writer. Dreamer. Teacher. Overland to Oz is a crazy adventure marked with photos and word and inspired by the incredible women in Anna’s family, especially her late grandmother, whom she knew as Nan-Nan.