Should We Have Stayed At Home?

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Should We Have Stayed at Home? Celebrate the publication of a travel-writing issue of Granta as we reflect on the meaning of travel in 2021.

Jason Allen-Paisant
remembers the trees of his childhood Jamaica from his home in Leeds

Jason Allen-Paisant is a Jamaican poet and non-fiction writer based in the UK. He is the author of Thinking with Trees, and of the forthcoming memoir Primitive Child: On Blackness, Landscape and Reclaiming Time.

Taran N Khan
discovers a hidden Hamburg in the company of Afghan migrants

Taran N. Khan is a journalist and writer based in Mumbai. She is the author of Shadow City: A Woman Walks Kabul.

Ben Mauk
in the mountains of the northern Philippines

Ben Mauk lives in Berlin, where he directs the Berlin Writers’ Workshop. He writes for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker and Harper’s, among other publications. He is writing a book for Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Bathsheba Demuth
visits a whale-hunting station on the Bering Strait, Russia

Bathsheba Demuth is an Assistant Professor of History and Environment and Society at Brown University, and the author of Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait, which has won a number of prizes. Her writing has appeared in publications ranging from the American Historical Review to the New Yorker.

William Atkins

William Atkins is the author of The Immeasurable World: A Desert Journey, which won the 2019 Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, and a book about places of political exile, forthcoming in 2022. He is the guest editor of Granta 157: Should We Have Stayed at Home. From Antarctica and the deserts of the US-Mexico border, to a Siberian whale-killing station and the alleyways of Taipei, these dispatches describe a world in perpetual motion (even when it is 'locked-down'). To travel, we are reminded, is to embrace the experience of being a stranger - to acknowledge that one person's frontier is another's home.