Author's note: 'In this work, I combine some longitudinal discontinuity with thematic layering to
produce a piece where the gaps must be read both sideways and up and down. But
significantly, I investigate a combination of genres—fiction, creative nonfiction and
travel writing. The outcome here might be termed ‘radical memoir’. Considering the
fragmented nature of experience and memory, it seems to me logical that memoir
should be a discontinuous and layered genre, not subject to conventional structuring.
Using the central image of the illuminated map, this piece weaves together
philosophical issues of place and mapping with personal experience, fictional
detailing, and literary studies.'