Pictures: Interviewing Vashti Bunyan at The Social

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May 16, 2022 · 10:08 pm

Event: Vashti Bunyan in conversation, 16 May 7pm at The Social, W1W

Ticket link here:

https://thesocial.seetickets.com/event/white-rabbit-live-vashti-bunyan/the-social/2329048

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Books: Page proof of the cover for the new paperback edition of Atlas of Vanishing Places

Published on 5 July 2022 pre-order now https://www.waterstones.com/book/atlas-of-vanishing-places/travis-elborough/9780711281158

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POSTPONED – due to covid – Events: Dark Currents: An Evening of Coastal Noir with Cathi Unsworth and Travis Elborough, Thurs 21 April, 8pm, the Latest Music Bar, Manchester Street, Brighton

‘Since the days of the Regency, when prostitutes and pickpockets worked the promenades, and smugglers the coves and bays, the seaside has always had a seedy underbelly. 

And the English seaside can rightfully claim to be the birthplace of the English detective novel. It was in between examining nautical malingerers and Senior Service retirees at his medical practice in Southsea, Portsmouth that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “A Study in Scarlet” – the tale that in 1887 bequeathed Sherlock Holmes to the world. Nearly a quarter of a century later, in Torquay, a 20-year-old Agatha Christie, recovering from a bout of influenza and bored with eking out the hours at home assembling jigsaws, created the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. 

Award-winning authors Travis Elborough and  Cathi Unsworth both grew up on the coast – respectively Worthing and Great Yarmouth. Together they will chart the seamier waters of the English seaside, ranging from Patrick Hamilton to Harold Pinter and from Graham Greene to Quadrophenia, and reading from their own works.

Cathi is the author of six pop-cultural crime fiction novels, including the brilliant Weirdo an unforgettable slice of eastern gothic set in a fictional Norfolk resort in the 1980s, and the co-author of Defying Gravity, the life and times of punk icon Jordan. 

Travis is the author of Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and Through the Looking Glasses. He hails from a family who ran a pioneering pirate-themed restaurant in Cornwall and was born in Shoreham-By-Sea and raised in Worthing. 

http://www.cathiunsworth.co.uk

https://traviselborough.co.uk

More info here:

https://www.visitbrighton.com/whats-on/dark-currents-an-evening-of-coastal-noir-with-cathi-unsworth-and-travis-elborough-p1988461

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Event: Special screening of How to Marry Millionaire + talk by me, Sunday 10 April 15.30pm, Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley

Book now for a special screening of How to Marry a Millionaire followed by a spectacle-related chat by me link here:

https://phoenixcinema.co.uk/PhoenixCinema.dll/WhatsOn?Film=14023185

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Pictures: Some photographs of the Laugharne Festival 2022

Silly Games - Dennis Bovell in Brown
Up on my flickr page

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Event: Laugharne Festival Weekend 25-27 March

I will be appearing at the Laugharne Festival, speaking to Will Burns and Emma Stonex about their novels and telling the story of vinyl and the LP with the aid of a few records from my collection.

Full details of the programme here:

https://www.thelaugharneweekend.com/programme

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Picture: Interviewing Will Sergeant and Richard Balls at the Penderyn Prize event at The Boogaloo

Picture by @jo_bartlett
Photo by @JessicaGulliver

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Books: Cover design for the forthcoming paperback edition of the award-winning Atlas of Vanishing Places

More info here https://www.quarto.com/books/9780711281158/atlas-of-vanishing-places

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Picture: Interviewed in the latest issue of the London Library magazine by Jessica Lack

Read online here:
https://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/about-us/latest-news/2324-our-spring-22-magazine-is-out

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Picture: Through the Looking Glasses on display at Heffers of Cambridge

Photo courtesy of @Will_Fuzz

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Event: What’s Up Doc? film screening and spectacle-movie talk, Friday 25 Feb, The House of Cinema, E17

‘Our homage to the late and great director Peter Bogdanovich is his classic screwball comedy, still absolutely fabulous in this, it’s 50th year. Heavily influenced by the Hollywood comedies of the 1930s & 40s, this sharp-witted and wacky delight not only embraces nostalgia but also breaks new ground.
We are also delighted to be welcoming back Travis Elborough, a renowned freelance writer, author and cultural commentator, who will be discussing his latest book “Through The Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles” so expect lots of film references.’

Book tickets here: https://ticketlab.co.uk/events/stowfilmlounge.com#/

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Listen: Better Known Podcast


NEW EPISODE: Writer Travis Elborough discusses six things which should be Better Known, including the novels of Dawn Powell, the Colonnade Bar in Brighton and Birkenhead Park – listen to the podcast at

https://better-known.zencast.website/episodes/travis-elborough

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Video: Book of the Day, Boris Farkaš recommends the Slovakian edition of Atlas of Improbable Places



Book of the Day:
Boris Farkaš presents a travelogue Atlas of the Incredible Places.

‘Plaice, catfish, carp, and catches from Lake Aral were once so varied and rich that they made up one-sixth of all fish consumed in the entire Soviet Union. after thousands of fishermen in this city, however, there is no shortage, as well as after the turbulent waters full of fish. the fleet of once-functioning fishing vessels was stranded as the surface receded. the rusty wrecks, squatting on the parched dunes, form a finished cemetery of ships, their propellers and rudders longing for water sticking into emptiness and evoke compassion or even a sense of impropriety. I have chosen for you a book full of curiosities and interesting information about the strangest and most fantastic places on this planet. it’s a travelogue that took me all over the world. I read about the church tower in San Juan Parangaricutiro, the only monument to the city that was engulfed by lava. about an underground river in the Philippines, reminiscent of a shot from some big-story fantasy film. on the way to the pages of the book, I also traveled, for example, to the floating world of Palmerstone, which is only at the end of the world. The author of the book, Travis Elborough, took care to present to us everything bizarre, interesting and fascinating on this planet. In this travelogue, I especially appreciate the fact that he not only brought me factual information, but also looks at places from a broader, more comprehensive perspective. These incredible places are associated with the legends, myths and superstitions that the book contains in various local variations. thanks to this, I think that rather than scientific literature, this book is more a statement about the relationship between man and the world around us.’

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Video: Clip here of me interviewing Chris Schüler at the Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace about his book The Wood That Built London

Visit the shop online at https://booksellercrow.co.uk/

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Event: Salon in the City: London Eyes – Specs and the City, Travis Elborough and Tom Bolton, 27 January, 7pm, online

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/salon-no89-london-eyes-specs-and-the-city-tickets-234250879687

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Picture: The Ipcress File film tie-in edition from 1965

My film-tie-in edition of #lendeighton #theipcressfile – I have a chapter in #throughthelookingglasses on the book, the movie and #michaelcaine and his specs https://uk.bookshop.org/books/through-the-looking-glasses-exuberant-glasses-changed-the-world-sunday-times/9781408712849?aid=9156

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Picture: Happy Holidays all and the best for 2022 – Thanks everybody and take care, hope to see some of you again next year

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/atlas-of-forgotten-places-journey-to-abandoned-destinations-from-around-the-globe/9780711263307?aid=9156

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Picture: Authors’ Club Lunch event menu

https://www.authorsclub.co.uk/events/

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December 23, 2021 · 4:36 pm

Books: Atlas of Forgotten Places featured in National Geographic’s Christmas books selection

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/12/christmas-gifts-for-nature-lovers-four-new-must-have-books

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Books: Copies of the new and improved paperback reprint of Atlas of Improbable Places just in

Pick up a copy in your local bookshop

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/atlas-of-improbable-places-a-journey-to-the-world-s-most-unusual-corners/9780711264014?aid=9156

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Books: Signed copies of Through the Looking Glasses in the window of the Stoke Newington Bookshop

Signed copies of Atlas of Forgotten Places are also available, their website here:
http://www.stokenewingtonbookshop.co.uk/

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Books: Extract from Atlas of Forgotten Places in I newspaper Weekend edition

Read online here:

https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/travel/abandoned-town-santa-claus-arizona-americas-travel-1355203

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Books: Read an extract from Atlas of Forgotten Places on Caught by the River

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Books: Atlas of Forgotten Places number 17 in The Guardian’s festive travel gift guide

Buy a copy via Bookshop.org here:

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/atlas-of-forgotten-places-journey-to-abandoned-destinations-from-around-the-globe/9780711263307?aid=9156

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Books: Atlas of Improbable Places featured in the Royal Academy’s Gift Guide for Urban Enthusiasts

Buy a copy of the book from them here:

https://shop.royalacademy.org.uk/christmas/christmas-gifting/the-urban-enthusiast/atlas-of-improbbable-places

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Books: Read the introduction to Atlas of Forgotten Places on Stanfords blog

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Picture: Launching Atlas of Forgotten Places at Stanfords, Covent Garden

Picture thanks to #thelostbyway

Signed copies can be ordered direct from them here:
https://www.stanfords.co.uk/Atlas-of-Forgotten-Places-Journey-to-Abandoned-Destinations-from-Around-the-Globe_9780711263307




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Books: The Beauty of the West Pier and Atlas of Forgotten Places, The Oldie

Read on here:

https://theoldie.co.uk/article/the-beauty-of-the-brighton-west-pier-old-un

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Event: Author’s Club Lunch, 17 December 12.30 am at National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE

Full details here: https://www.authorsclub.co.uk/events/authors-club-lunch-with-travis-elborough/

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Read: Interviewed by Helen Barrett for her piece on Statement Specs in the FT Weekend Life & Arts section

Read online here:

https://www.ft.com/content/a47c7db0-3f37-42e3-8bf0-826ae58955fe

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Books: Press Release for Atlas of Forgotten Places

For any press or publicity enquires contact:

Melody Odusanya in the UK

melody.odusanya@quarto.com

and Steve Roth in USA

steve.roth@quarto.com

Copies of the book can be purchased from Bookshop.org here:

https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9156/9780711263307

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Event: Through the Looking Glasses (Virtual) at the London Library, 11 November, 7.30 pm

Travis Elborough, ‘one of country’s finest pop culture historians’ (the Guardian) discusses his eye-opening new history of spectacles, from their inception as primitive visual aids for monkish scribes right through to today’s designer eyewear and the augmented reality of Google Glass. Along the way are encounters with ingenious medieval glassmakers, myopic Renaissance rulers, Samuel Pepys and Dr Johnson, popstars, movie stars, feminist icons and literary heroes – both fictional and real. A visionary examination of what might just be humanity’s greatest invention.

Book here:

https://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/whats-on/131-through-the-looking-glasses?date=2021-11-11-19-30

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Books: Interviewed about Through the Looking Glasses for Optometry Today

Read in full here:

https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/in-practice/practitioner-stories/2021/11/02/you-are-aware-of-your-vulnerability-as-a-glasses-wearer

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Books: Hear me talking about glasses on this episode of The Forum on the BBC World Service

Link here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct1rlw

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Books: Signed copies of Atlas of Forgotten Places at the Stoke Newington Bookshop

Order via Bookshop.org here

https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/traviselborough

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Books: Read my article on spectacles in the November issue of Simple Things magazine

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Books: Glasses in Literature, my piece on the best books with specs for The Idler

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Books: An honourable mention in James Brown’s lovely review of the Laugharne Weekend Festival in The Daily Telegraph

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October 11, 2021 · 7:10 pm

Books: Audible version of Atlas of Improbable Places

Atlas of Improbable Places is now available on Audible. You can listen to a sample here:
https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Atlas-of-Improbable-Places-Audiobook/0711268312

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Pictures: The Laugharne Festival 2021

Bunnyman in Black and White - Will Sergeant, Laugharne Festival 2021

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Listen: Hear a recording of Elizabeth Macneal speaking to me at the Laugharne Festival 2021

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Pictures: Ecstatic Peace Library Record Fair, Bolt, N16

Thurston Moore crate digging, Ecstatic Peace Library Record Fair, Bolt, N16

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Books: Hear me talking about Through the Looking Glasses with Neil Denny on his Little Atoms podcast

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Event: Laugharne Festival, Friday 1 October, 5pm, Browns Marquee,  Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Cultural historian Travis Elborough has written books on subjects as diverse, yet central to popular experience, as Parks, Routemaster Buses and the British Seaside. The Long-Player Goodbye celebrates that endangered species, the album, from its vinyl birth in 1948 to its endangered status in the Spotify era. He will be discussing his latest book ‘Through The Looking Glasses’, a riveting, constantly surprising, intermittently hilarious history of spectacles

Hanesydd diwylliant yw Travis Elborough. Mae’n awdur llyfrau ar destunnau mor amrywiol, ond canolog i brofiadau’r rhelyw, â Pharciau, Bysiau Routemaster a threfi glan-y-môr Prydain. Mae The Long-Player-Goodbye yn dilyn a dathlu hanes yr albwm – o ddyddiau cynnar LPs feinil yn 1948 i fformat sydd bellach mewn peryg ym myd newydd Spotify.

Full details here:
https://www.thelaugharneweekend.com/travis-elborough

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Books: Through the Looking Glasses featured in Zoe Cosby’s September highlights in Optician

Read online here: https://www.opticianonline.net/features/the-goods-a-new-start

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Books: Through the Looking Glasses featured on The Marilyn Report

In character as Pola from How to Marry a Millionaire, Marilyn is shown on the cover of Through the Looking Glasses, Travis Elborough’s new history of spectacles (alongside jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, and the ultimate short-sighted movie icon, Michael Caine.) Here’s a sneak peek at the synopsis… “We learn how eyeglasses were the making of […]

Marilyn Through the Looking Glasses — The Marilyn Report

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Books: Review of Through the Looking Glasses in Optician by Professor Sudi Patel

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https://www.opticianonline.net/features/books-changing-perceptions

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Listen: In conversation with Pete Paphides about his book Broken Greek, recorded at the Penderyn Prize music book prize event

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Books: Review of Through the Looking Glasses in the Camden New Journal by Stephen Griffin

Read in full online here: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/my-beautiful-lorgnette

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