Storytellers, said Walter Benjamin, are descended from one of two tribes: the mariners or the peasants. We revel in the stories of the sailors, with their lure of exotic places and the treasures a mariner brings home. We hearken to the stories of the peasants for a glimmer of the past, best revealed to natives and landed people. Brian Bouldrey, professional vagabond, and his very organized friend Garth, two unlikely mariners, hit dry land with backpacks and point their hiking boots down the Ulster Way. Along the more than 600 miles of Northern Irish mountains, moors, and monuments, they pursue a quest. Among the causeways and caves and publicans’ cups, they seek faraway places revealed by the wisdom that only the peasant can offer.
Part of the Gemma Open Door Series, originally designed for new readers, these books confirm the truth that a story doesn't have to be big to change the world .
About the Author
Brian Bouldrey is the author of three novels, The Genius of Desire, Love, The Magician and The Boom Economy; the nonfiction books Honorable Bandit: A Walk Across Corsica, Monster: Adventures in American Machismo and The Autobiography Box; and editor of several anthologies. Brian teaches writing at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago, IL. Brian Bouldrey is Series Editor, Gemma Open Door, North America.