Listen: From Our Home Correspondent, BBC Radio 4, 19/05/2019

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‘In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

Martin Vennard in Saltburn reveals how surfing has improbably helped revive the fortunes of the once-proud Victorian resort on Tees-side; while Travis Elborough taps a surf music beat in Worthing where a 50 year-old musical phenomenon is garnering new fans.’

Listen here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00057q6

 

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Event: Talking about diaries with Anita Sethi, Thurs, 23rd May, 6.30 pm, West Library, Islington, Bridgeman Road, N1 1BD

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Free but to book a place see here

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/travis-elborough-in-conversation-with-anita-sethi-tickets-60248594167

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Picture: Page proofs of Atlas of Vanishing Places

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Out in September:

https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781781318959/Atlas-of-Vanishing-Places.html

 

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Event: Robinson Crusoe at 300, 26th April, 7pm, The British Library

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Full details here:

https://www.bl.uk/events/robinson-crusoe-at-300

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Picture: Korean edition of J G Ballard’s Hello America featuring my piece ‘The Sage of Shepperton’

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April 15, 2019 · 4:04 pm

Pictures: Laugharne Weekend 2019 on stage with Annie Nightingale et al

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The Laugharne Weekend, 5-7th April

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I will be interviewing a few people at this year’s Laugharne Festival, more details here:

https://www.thelaugharneweekend.com

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Picture: Interviewing Dave Hill from Slade at the Regent Street cinema

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March 16, 2019 · 10:51 am

Event: A Walk in the Park talk, 21 February, 7.30pm, Upper Norwood Library, 37 Westow Hill, SE19 1TJ

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More info here:

https://www.norwoodforum.org/talk-history-parks

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Event: Walk in Victoria Park, The Hub Building, Victoria Park, Bow, Saturday 16 February, 1pm

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Free but to book a place, please email: victoriapark@towerhamlets.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Picture: Talking about diaries with Virginia Ironside, Anita Sethi, Simon Garfield & Dickon Edwards at the British Library

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Picture: Interviewing Shawn Lee and Jonny Trunk after the screening of The Library Music Film

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Event: Diaries: Lives and Times with Simon Garfield, Anita Sethi and Virginia Ironside et al, 7pm, 5 February, The British Library, Euston Road, NW1 2DB

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‘Explore some of the most intriguing diaries of the last 100 years

Whether by politicians, heads of state, novelists, playwrights and celebrities or ‘ordinary people’, personal diaries can give remarkable insights in to the lives and times of the people who kept them. The British Library Diaries season opens with an exploration of some of the most intriguing journals of the last 100 years. Our panel also share some of their own diary extracts.

Dickon Edwards, Simon Garfield, Virginia Ironside and Anita Sethi join host Travis Elborough, whose many books include Our History of the 20th Century: As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters. Introduced by curator Joanna Norledge.’

Link here:

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Picture: Interviewing Jack Bond and Arlene Phillips after the screening of the Pet Shop Boys’ film It Couldn’t Happen Here at Regent St Cinema

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Read: Atlas of the Unexpected in New Statesman’s Books of the Year 2018

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‘Travis Elborough writes about a wide range of subjects with originality, learning and charm. Atlas of the Unexpected (White Lion), one of his several books this year, is also seductively beautiful: an inspiring, dream-inducing guide to almost four dozen “haphazard discoveries, chance places and unimaginable destinations”, few of which are in Britain. ‘

Online here:

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2018/11/best-books-2018

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Listen: Discussing Bus Fare on The Urbanist on Monocle Radio

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Listen online here:

https://monocle.com/radio/shows/the-urbanist/370/

 

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Book: Forthcoming Italian edition of the Atlas of the Unexpected

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November 6, 2018 · 9:57 am

Read: An extract from Bus Fare appears in the latest November print issue of Kentishtowner

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More information here:

https://www.kentishtowner.co.uk/2018/10/26/where-to-find-the-november-issue-of-kentishtowner/

 

 

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Listen: Joe Kerr and Travis Elborough discuss Bus Fare on the Robert Elms show, BBC Radio London

Link here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06m39h4

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Review: Atlas of the Unexpected in the October Issue of Hackney Citizen

Read online here:

https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2018/09/27/atlas-of-the-unexpected-travis-elborough-book-review/

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Book: Bus Fare in shops now, apparently

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https://www.waterstones.com/book/bus-fare/joe-kerr/travis-elborough/9780749579289

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Picture: Speaking about the LP on National Album Day at Shake The High Road Festival E11, Luna Lounge, Leytonstone, E11 1HG

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Event: Shake The High Road Festival E11, Saturday 13th Oct 1pm, Luna Lounge, Leytonstone, E11 1HG

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October 12, 2018 · 9:05 am

Picture: Morley Festival event in the Meeting Hall in Gildersome

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October 10, 2018 · 6:00 pm

Event: The Joy of Maps, 11 October, 7.30 pm at The Gluck Studio, The Steyning Bookshop, 106 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3RD

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‘Our October event will delight armchair travellers and intrepid explorers alike! As part of our celebrations for ‘Books Are My Bag’ week, we are delighted to welcome writer Travis Elboroughto Steyning, for a fascinating illustrated talk on the joy of maps, and the extraordinary and bizarre destinations to which they can lead us.

Travis will share some of the obscure and unlikely discoveries included in his two beautiful books Atlas of the Unexpected(White Lion Books, 2018) and Atlas of Improbable Places(Aurum books, 2016), spinning tales of human ingenuity and nature’s own masterpieces, and will muse on the power of unknown places, maps, and atlases to enchant and inspire us.’

Full info here:

https://www.steyningbookshop.co.uk/event/the-joy-of-maps-with-travis-elborough/

 

 

 

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Event: The Vinyl Countdown, 9 October, 7.30 pm, Morley Festival, Gildersome, LS27 7AB

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Full details here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-vinyl-countdown-tickets-48201555149

 

 

 

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Picture: #BookshopDay @StokeyBookshop

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October 7, 2018 · 1:25 pm

Picture: Architecture on Sea with Charles Holland on Deal Pier

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September 30, 2018 · 3:32 pm

Picture: At Cliffs, Margate, with Garth Cartwight

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Photography by Dan Thompson @artistsmaker

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Listen: From Our Own Correspondent, Radio 4, 23 September 2018

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Hear now on BBC i-player:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06lsvk1/p06lsxts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Out in October: French edition of Atlas of the Unexpected

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September 11, 2018 · 9:21 am

Review: Letters to Change The World, by P D Smith in The Guardian

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‘At a time of great political uncertainty and indeed when letter writing is almost a forgotten art, the collection demonstrates the vital and enduring importance of speaking truth to power.’

Online here too:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/08/letters-to-change-the-world-review

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Event: Architecture-on-Sea: An Evening of Buildings, Stories and the Seaside, 29 September, 5.30pm, Deal Pier Café, Beach St, Deal, CT14 6HY

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‘Architecture-on-Sea: An Evening of Buildings, Stories and the Seaside is an architecture-focused event which celebrates the installation of the ninth and last of the CHALKUP21 trail plaques on the Deal Pier Café building at the end of the refurbished Deal Pier.

There will be two speakers – Architect Charles Holland and writer and broadcaster Travis Elborough. The Deal Bookshop will provide a ‘pop-up’ bookshop stocked with books by Travis as well as others referenced in the talks on the architecture of East Kent.’

The event is free but to register and more details see here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/architecture-on-sea-an-evening-of-buildings-stories-and-the-seaside-tickets-49863958442

 

 

 

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Out Now: Atlas of the Unexpected

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‘Unexpected, haphazard, unimaginable – but ultimately accessible experiences for intrepid humans today – Atlas of the Unexpected is a voyage to places both infamous and unknown; a compendium of places odd and enchanting, ancient and modern, touched by the certainty of chance and the oft-haphazard nature of what passed for discovery in the golden age of exploration.

Whether it’s the savvy invention of Vaseline at an American oil rig, or the serendipitous journey of a stray goat that led to the fortuitous discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls, Atlas of the Unexpected travels to the world’s most astounding and bizarre discoveries unearthed on our planet.’

Atlas of the Unexpected by Travis Elborough with maps by Martin Brown (White Lion Publishing 2018)

For press queries please contact melody.odusanya@quarto.com

More info:

https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781781317167/Atlas-of-the-Unexpected.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Listen: The Rise and Fall of the Antique, BBC Radio 4, all the episodes now available on iPlayer to download

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All the episodes of my BBC Radio 4 series  The Rise and Fall of the Antique, are now available to listen or download on iPlayer here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bf4ln4/broadcasts/2018/08

 

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Read: Radio Picks of Week in FT and Daily Telegraph for The Rise and Fall of the Antique

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August 4, 2018 · 12:06 pm

Listen: The Rise and Fall of the Antique, BBC Radio 4, five part series, first episode airs at 1.45 pm on Monday 6 August 2018

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‘Travis Elborough charts the rise and fall of the antique, examining how, ultimately, the present always dictates which bits of yesteryear we deem worthy of collecting.’

Full details about each of the episodes here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bf4ln4/broadcasts/upcoming

 

 

 

 

 

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Out in September: Letters to Change the World

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‘In an era where the liberties we often take for granted are under threat, Letters To Change the World is a collection of inspiring letters offering reminders from history that standing up for and voicing our personal and political beliefs is not merely a crucial right but a duty if we want to change the world.

Edited by Travis Elborough, the collection includes George Orwell’s warning on totalitarianism, Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’, Albert Camus on the reasons to fight a war, Bertrand Russell on peace, Emmeline Pankhurst rallying her suffragettes, Nelson Mandela’s letter to his children from prison and Time’s Up on the abuse of power.’
Read more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1116503/letters-to-change-the-world/#7dH9RvD3aRF1jHrj.99

 

 

Full details here:

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1116503/letters-to-change-the-world/

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Picture: On stage at Port Eliot for the Great Diary event with Irving Finkel, Simon Garfield, Caroline Catz, Michael Higgs and Connor McIntyre

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July 30, 2018 · 8:45 am

Event: Port Eliot Festival, 26-29 July, St Germans, Cornwall

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I will be appearing at the Port Eliot Festival over the weekend of the 28th and 29th July.

Full details here:

https://porteliotfestival.com

 

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Event: Parks, Pleasure, Politics – a walk through Battersea Park, 26 July, 6.15pm

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‘A 90 – 120 minute walk with Travis Elborough: a revealing exploration of Battersea Park, from it’s inception, it’s radical history, and how it has become a ‘jewel’ valued by local people as well as developers.’

To book a place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/parks-pleasure-politics-a-walk-through-battersea-park-tickets-47214743569

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Picture: Interviewing Luke Haines at the Regent St cinema

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Event: Wish You Were Here, 5th July, 11 am, Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich. London SE10 9NF

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‘Ranging from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie and to the Prince Regent via Billy Butlin and Brighton Rock, Travis Elborough explores our often masochistic love affair with the seaside.

Travis Elborough traces the development of the British seaside in order to examine how our ideas about health, wealth and happiness evolved. Our aspirations and snobbery, our attitudes to sex, our keen sense of fair play, our chequered relationship with national pride and our ability to laugh at ourselves have all been played out against a backdrop of stormy skies, pebbly beaches and sticks of rock.’

Read more at https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/maritime-lecture-series-england-on-sea#XZzHfS2ZtRfBB8XX.99

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Event: On the Record with Garth Cartwright on 14 June, 6pm, Matters of Vinyl Importance, N1

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‘It is now seventy years since Columbia records launched their long-playing record in the summer of 1948. This revolutionary innovation ushered in the era of vinyl as the format for the music that would soundtrack so many lives.

First published ten years ago when the iPod ruled supreme and a vinyl revival seemed an unlikely prospect Travis Elborough’s The Long-Player Goodbye was immediately acclaimed as a brilliant piece of popular history that explored how vinyl changed our world.

The book became the basis for the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World in which he also appeared.

In Going For A Song Garth Cartwright charts the secret history of the UK record shop, from the age of the wax cylinder to the days of dubstep and the resurgence of vinyl and covering the whole colourful story of UK record-buying, from market traders selling music-hall 78s to ravers demanding Detroit techno.’

More info and to book for tickets here:

https://mattersofvinylimportance.com/blogs/news/on-the-record-with-garth-cartwright-travis-elborough-thursday-14th-june

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Picture: At the Stoke Newington Literary Festival

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Picture with Gabriella Apicella @storytails

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Event: A Walk in the Park talk at Wandsworth Heritage Festival, 6 June 6.45pm, Putney Library, 5-7 Disraeli Road SW15 2DR

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• Please book in advance: Charlene.Coleman@gll.org or 020 8780 3085

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Events: Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 1-3 June 2018

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I am doing a couple of events over the weekend, details and links below:

Going for a Song.
£5. Time – 18:00, Saturday 2nd June. Venue – Ryan’s Bar

As the LP record celebrates its 70th birthday we join journalist, DJ, music promoter and author of Going for a Song, Garth Cartwright, and social historian and author of The Long-Player Goodbye, Travis Elborough, on a good old rummage through the secret history of the UK record shop.

http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/going-for-a-song/

Capital Chroniclers.
£5. Time – 15:00, Sunday 3rd June. Venue – Library Gallery

In an age when letter writing is dying out but our lives have never been more documented in blogs, Instagram and Facebook posts Travis Elborough (editor of the acclaimed Our History of the 20th Century: As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters) and Margaret Willes (author of The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn) explore how diaries have illuminated London’s history and discuss what the social historians of the future might use to unravel life in our city in the early twenty-first century.

http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/capital-chroniclers/

 

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Picture: Interviewing Mel McGrath at The Broadway Bookshop

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April 27, 2018 · 9:05 am

Listen: From Our Home Correspondent, Radio 4, Sunday 22 April at 1.30 pm

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‘In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers that reflect the range of contemporary life across the country. Andy Kershaw visits the most cluttered workbench he’s ever seen to discover how restoration work is going on a monument to British endeavour in speed on water; Jane Labous samples libraries in two counties to assess exactly what they have to offer; Adrian Goldberg indulges his sweet tooth among the burgeoning dessert shops of Birmingham; Ruth Alexander discovers how the town that’s trying to turn itself around – literally – is faring; and Travis Elborough discovers perestroika among sixty thousand tulips on the South Downs.’

Link here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09ztycd

 

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Event: A History of London’s Parks, 18 April 7pm, Bishopsgate Institute, EC2M 4QH

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Full details here:

http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/event/1006/A-History-of-Londons-Parks?&Keyword=&TypeID=

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