Are you planning your first Camino de Santiago? In this dedicated live-streaming Q&A author & noted pilgrim Anne Born joins Kevin Donahue to share tips and answer questions submitted by pilgrims walking this year.
Are you planning your first Camino de Santiago? In this dedicated live-streaming Q&A, author & noted pilgrim Anne Born joins Kevin Donahue to share tips and answer questions submitted by pilgrims walking this year. This live stream was recorded on Saturday, February 4, 2023 on YouTube, Facebook, and Amazon Live. To watch the video replay, visit https://youtube.com/live/Ua8DJHFr7BM.
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MEET OUR GUEST: Anne Born
Known on social media as #LittleOldLadyWalking, American poet, author, and noted Camino pilgrim Anne Born (https://tumbleweedpilgrim.com/) has walked the Camino de Santiago ten times. An award-winning writer, Anne is the publisher of The Backpack Press. Her writing focuses on family and life in a big city after growing up in a small one. She is the author of “A Marshmallow on the Bus,” “Prayer Beads on the Train,” “Waiting on a Platform,” “Turnstiles,” and “Local Color." Anne has written two books related to the Camino de Santiago: "Buen Camino! Tips from an American Pilgrim" and If You Stand Here: A Pilgrim's Tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela." Anne divides her time between New York and Michigan, and the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
MEET THE HOST: Kevin Donahue
Husband. Father. Backpacker. Pilgrim. Author.
Kevin Donahue began walking pilgrimage routes in 2019, joining the historical footprints of pilgrims seeking places and people to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love. His passion for these historic footpaths and reflections from the journeys form the basis for his books: Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal and The Pilgrims’ Table.
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Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal | Free Preview
At the crossroads of history and faith, a reluctant pilgrim embarks on a modern pilgrimage along some of the world’s most revered footpaths. Along the way, he discovers the places and encounters people that inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.
Available from print and digital booksellers, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal conveys both the historical context and the modern experience of pilgrimage through Portugal and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, along America’s Pacific Coast connecting the California Missions Trail, across receding tides to Holy Island, from London to Canterbury along Britain’s historic Pilgims’ Way, and onward towards Rome via Europe’s Via Francigena on a journey of discovery.
The Pilgrims’ Table | Free Preview
Brought together by fate for a memorable dinner, five pilgrims recall their emotional journeys along Spain’s Camino de Santiago. Powerful and moving, The Pilgrims’ Table is an emotional look at the transformational power of pilgrimage.
Born from the intersection of my experiences with those of other pilgrims, The Pilgims’ Table is the story of five pilgrims from divergent paths who come together at a Spanish albergue. The deeply personal stories shared over dinner transform their outlook on pilgrimage and connect them as one pilgrim family.
Anne Born is an award-winning, New York-based writer and photographer who has been writing stories and poetry since childhood. She blogs on The Backpack Press and Tumbleweed Pilgrim and her writing focuses on family and life in a big city after growing up in a small one. She is the author of "A Marshmallow on the Bus," "Prayer Beads on the Train," "Waiting on a Platform," "Turnstiles," and “Local Color," and “Buen Camino! Tips from an American Pilgrim.” (The Backpack Press, December, 2017, updated for 2022). Her short essay on the call to the Camino is included in "It's About Time," by Johnnie Walker (Redemptorist Pastoral Publications, 2019).
Her book, "If You Stand Here" is a tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela for pilgrims. It focuses not on the dimensions of the building or all the various architectural programs, but on the people who have visited the Cathedral over the past 12 centuries. Her latest, "Buen Camino! Tips From a WINTER Pilgrim" is available in paperback and Kindle.
She a contributor to the 2015 anthology, "Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox," edited by Joanne Bamberger. Anne’s essay on her cousin’s collection of Nancy Drew novels was published in the Silver Birch Press "Nancy Drew Anthology" (2016). She is also curator of the Late Orphan Project and a former contributor to The Broad Side.
Anne is also a photographer, specializing in photos of churches, cemeteries, and the Way of St. James in Spain, the Camino de Santiago.
Anne's work has been published in Pan-O-Ply, the Newtown Literary Journal, and in “Me, as a Child,” “All About My Name,” and “My Prized Possession,” Poetry & Prose Series published by Silver Birch Press. Her poetry has been featured in New York at Boundless Tales, Word Up Community Bookstore, and the Queens Council on the Arts. She has been a featured performer in several venues with Inspired Word NYC, at the New York Transit Museum, on Queens Public TV in “The World of Arts,” and with the International Women Artists’ Salon on Salon Radio.
Anne divides her time between the US and Spain. Follow Anne Born and The Late Orphan Project at The Backpack Press, and on Twitter, Redbubble, and Instagram @nilesite.
September 2016 - These Winter Months: The Late Orphan Project Anthology, edited by Anne Born, The Backpack Press. Winner (Anthologies), The Great Midwest Book Festival 2016.
April 2017 - These Summer Months: Stories from The Late Orphan Project, edited by Anne Born, The Backpack Press. Finalist (Anthologies: Non-Fiction), International Book Awards 2017.
November 2019 - Local Color, The Backpack Press, Distinguished Favorite (Poetry), New York City Big Book Awards, 2019
June 2022 - If You Stand Here, The Backpack Press, Finalist (Travel), International Book Awards 2022.
World of Arts Feature, QPTV, August 2016 https://youtu.be/r7CrI_IfjwE
In back-to-back episodes, author Kevin Donahue discusses walking three historic pilgrim footpaths in the United Kingdom, highlighting a journey of personal, historical, and spiritual discovery along the way.
Britain's Pilgrims' Way
Pilgrim's Path to Holy Island