This blog is the means to construct a book about my journeys to, and from, northern Australia. The blog’s assumption is that I will be making more than one trip to the north.
The title, The Long Road to the North , is a reference to the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, who went on a journey in 1689 that would form the basis of his most famous work: Oku no Hosomichi or The Narrow Road to the Deep North. This haibun – a combination of prose and haiku – is one of the greats of classical Japanese literature, and the text tells the story of of Basho’s wandering from Edo (now Tokyo) into the country’s interior and the hardships he faced there.
Instead of Basho’s prose and haiku The Long Road to the North has prose and photographs.