Songlines - Bruce ChatwinAs I drove to work today I was listening to Richard Dawkin’s audiobook, The God Delusion. The book is about seven and a half hours long. As I listened to the audio for the second time, I found myself remembering or even visualising my location on my regular journey when I first heard particular sections. The memory, despite having listened previously only once to the book while driving my regular route, was quite unmistakable. I had not tried, during the first listening, to remember either the book’s text or the locations which corresponded to the section of the book I was listening to. However, my memory was pinpoint accurate.

This made me think of the phenomenon of ‘songlines’ as owned, passed down and used by Australian Aborigines as described in Bruce Chatwin’s book ‘The Songlines’. I am not an expert in this field and don’t wish to insult anyone by my naive description of this cultural practice. Indeed, I have recently found out that although having the appearance of a travel book, Chatwin’s book is best considered fictions. However, I was intrigued when I read Bruce’s book twenty years ago. Read More