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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• FREE
• 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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Pictures: Laugharne Festival 2018

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April 10, 2018 · 7:20 am

Picture: Laugharne Festival 2018 with Garth Cartwright on records and record shops

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April 9, 2018 · 6:59 pm

Laugharne Festival 2018: Saturday 7th April, 2pm with Garth Cartwright on records and record shops

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Full details here:

https://www.thelaugharneweekend.com

 

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Picture: Stoke Newington Library display

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March 31, 2018 · 7:41 pm

Picture: At Metal, Chalkwell

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Event: Being a Writer at the Essex Book Festival, Friday 23 March, 3pm, Metal, Chalkwell Park, Southend

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Being a Writer – Travis Elborough and Helen Gordon – PART OF OUR MONTH-LONG POP-UP ESSEX WRITERS HOUSE – MARCH 2018′

‘The anthology Being A Writer is an inspiring assemblage of wit, wisdom and hard-won practical advice from some of the world’s greatest authors musing on the art of writing and how they came to define themselves as writers. Join its editors, the authors Helen Gordon and Travis Elborough, as they present an entertaining survey of the pleasures and pitfalls of the writing life from the time of Samuel Johnson and Grub Street to the age of silicon roundabout and Lorrie Moore.
Tickets: FREE – but booking essential
http://www.metalculture.com/event/southend-pop-up-essex-writers-house-being-a-writer-travis-elborough-and-helen-gordon/

 

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Picture: Atlas of Improbable Places in the Stoke Newington Bookshop window

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March 13, 2018 · 12:48 pm

Picture: A Seance with David Seabrook, with Rachel Cooke, Neil Belton, Iain Sinclair and Paul Tickell at Burley Fisher Books

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Read: Book of the Week: Atlas of Improbable Places, The Idler magazine

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More here:

https://idler.co.uk/article/book-of-the-week-atlas-of-improbable-places/

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Event: Idler Dinner, with Rose Wilby, Travis Elborough and Hugo Martin, The Elgin, London, W9 1NJ, 28 February, 7.30 pm

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‘This month, we are delighted to welcome comedian Rosie Wilby, who’ll be asking whether monogamy is dead, and author and anthologist Travis Elborough, who’ll be revealing the loucher side of the twentieth century via some of the diaries left behind. Singer-songwriter Hugo Martin will round off the evening with some songs from his new album, Six before a Seven.’

 

More details here:

https://idler.co.uk/product/idler-dinners-rosie-wilby-travis-elborough-hugo-martin/

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Read: Tales of Two Londons: Stories from a Fractured City

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I have a piece on Victoria Park’s model boating club in this new anthology of London writing also featuring the likes of Ali Smith, Iain Sinclair and Lynsey Hanley and edited by Claire Armistead.

More details here:

http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/tales-two-londons-edited-claire-armitstead/

 

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Event: A History of London Parks at the Bishopsgate Institute, 21 February 7pm

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Full details here:

http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/event/963/A-Walk-in-the-Park?&Keyword=&TypeID=

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Event: History Walk around Victoria Park Sat 17 Feb 1pm

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‘Discover why Victoria Park is loved by millions of its visitors every year and named ‘The Nation’s Favourite Park’ (2015/16) as local author and cultural commentator Travis Elborough takes you on a stroll to discover the park’s secret stories and hidden history. Travis’s recent book, A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution, a timely and loving exploration of green space was published in June 2016 to great critical acclaim.’

Spaces are limited – to book a place, please contact 0207 364 4504 or email victoriapark@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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Atlas of Improbable Places – new compact paperback edition out on 8 March 2018

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http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/history-politics/atlas-of-improbable-places-a-journey-to,travis-elborough-alan-horsfield-9781781317631

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Listen: BBC Radio 4’s Making History

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Tom Holland is joined by Dr Alice Taylor from King’s College in London and the historian of pop culture, Travis Elborough.

Helen Castor charts the course of the Prague Spring, that period of liberalisation in Czechoslovakia brought in when Alexander Dubcek became leader in January 1968. She hears from those who were there and those who study that period now and asks whether people had any inkling what an extraordinary year it would be.

Alice Taylor introduces a new project which will celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath in 2020. She explains how fact and fiction were brought together to create the notion of a Scottish nation and a document that would heavily influence the Constitution of the United States.

French Journalist Agnes Poirier leafs through the pages of Our Island Story, the 1905 children’s book that some argue not only re-imagined English history but then shaped the world-view of some of our political leaders.

Fresh from the publication of his book of twentieth century diary extracts, Travis Elborough discusses if the diary is dead in the digital post-truth age.

And Iszi Lawrence enlists the help of the world wide web in her search for the origins of the expression “hair of the dog”.

Listen here:

https://player.fm/series/making-history-1301281/one-thousand-nine-hundred-and-sixty-eight

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Listen: Festive Ghost Stories on Wolfgang Radio with myself, Andrew Martin, Syd Moore and Cathi Unsworth

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'Authors Syd Moore, Cathi Unsworth and Andrew Martin join host Travis Elborough for an evening of festive frights as they delve into the centuries-old spooky tradition of Christmas ghost stories, and share a few ghostly tales by the fireside.'
 Listen here:

https://radiowolfgang.com/s/soho-house-stories/lit-lab-ghost-stories

 

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Review: Our Century in the Daily Mail

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-5202505/Stocking-fillers.html

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Picture: Our History in Waterstones Piccadilly’s Xmas window

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December 5, 2017 · 5:21 pm

Review: Our History of the 20th Century, The Observer, Best Books of 2017

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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/26/best-books-of-2017-part-two

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Picture: Signing copies of Our History in Nomad Books, Fulham

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Read: Piece on Our History of the 20th Century in this week’s Big Issue

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Picture: Louder Than Words Festival, Manchester

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Picture: Interviewing Kendo Nagasaki, Sir Peter Blake and film-maker Mary Dickinson, at the Regent’s Street Cinema

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November 10, 2017 · 10:00 am

Event: Louder Than Words Festival, Manchester 12 November, 10 am, The Principal Manchester, M60 7HA

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Full details here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-vinyl-countdown-tickets-36253243427

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Event: Parks, Council Estates & Essex! – a half-dayschool with Travis Elborough, Ian Waites and Gillian Darley, Nottingham Mechanics Institute, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham, Saturday 11 November 1.30 – 4pm

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Full details here:

http://fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk/events/parks-council-estates-essex-a-half-dayschool-with-travis-elborough-ian-waites-and-gillian-darley/

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Review: ‘Our Century’ reviewed by Craig Brown in the Mail on Sunday

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‘This fascinating anthology tracks the 20th century through diaries, journals and letters, though mainly diaries. At its best, it opens up secret peep-holes on to some of the key events of the century, and allows us to see them from unexpected angles….’

Read in full

: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-5021121/Craig-Brown-reviews-History-20th-Century.html#ixzz4wz5LArOE
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-5021121/Craig-Brown-reviews-History-20th-Century.html

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Event: The Vinyl Countdown, The Wanstead Tap, Thursday 26 October at 7.30pm

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More details here:

https://www.newhambooks.co.uk/2017/traviselborough.php

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Event: Our History of the 20th Century at The Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace on 18 October 7.30 pm

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Full details here:

http://booksellercrow.co.uk/event/travis-elborough-history-20the-century/

 

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Event: Morley Arts Festival, Tingley Methodist Church, Tingley, 11 October 7pm

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Full details here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/travis-elborough-a-walk-in-the-park-tickets-37952513991

 

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Review: Our History of the 20th Century in The Observer

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Read here:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/01/our-history-of-the-20th-century-travis-elborough-review-diaries-journals

 

 

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Listen: Being a Writer on Radio 4’s Open Book

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Helen Gordon and myself talking to Mariella Frostrup about Being a Writer on Radio 4’s Open Book:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0931gsw

 

 

 

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Listen: Being a Writer on Monocle radio

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Helen Gordon and myself on Monocle radio’s Weekly Show talking about Being a Writer:  https://monocle.com/radio/shows/the-monocle-weekly/427/

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Picture: Being a Writer launch

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September 7, 2017 · 8:37 am

Picture: Speaking to Mark Lewisohn about Brian Epstein at the Regent Street Cinema

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September 6, 2017 · 9:09 am

Picture: Travis Elborough & Helen Gordon, co-compilers of Being a Writer

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Read: The Observer, Review

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The Observer – accompanying Rowan Moore’s piece on parks:

Read here:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/09/the-end-of-park-life-as-we-know-it-the-battle-for-britains-green-spaces-rowan-moore

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Review: Walk in the Park in paperback in The Guardian, 8 July 2017

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‘This is a fascinating, informative, revelatory book… the chief delights of Elborough’s survey of this “people’s institution” are his learning and range of reference.’  – William Boyd, The Guardian

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Listen: Discussing the Essay with Robert Bound on Monocle radio

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Listen here:

https://monocle.com/radio/shows/culture-with-robert-bound/299/

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Picture: Donating books for the Grenfell Tower fund at the Newham Bookshop

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Support here:

http://www.newhambooks.co.uk/2017/grenfellraffle.php

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Read: Park Strife, piece for The Idler on parks

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Read online here:

http://idler.co.uk/article/park-strife/

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Interview: speaking to Andrew Stevens at 3AM magazine about parks, the seaside and much else beside

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Read in full here:

http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/park-entries-travis-elborough/

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Event: Are You Ready?, Museum of London, 17 June 5pm

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June 15, 2017 · 8:25 am

Picture: Speaking at the Camberley International Festival

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June 12, 2017 · 7:10 am

Event: Camberley Festival, The Bear, Park Street, 10 June, 3pm

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June 6, 2017 · 8:30 am

Events: Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 3rd and 4th June

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3 June – 7pm – Stoke Newington Literary Festival, speaking to Paul Morley about Marc Bolan and David Bowie, Abney Hall, London N16
http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/let-all-the-children-boogie-bolan-bowie-the-glam-rock-revolution/

4 June – 2pm- Stoke Newington Literary Festival, with John Grindrod and Helen Griffiths, The Old Church, London N16
http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/green-pleasant-city/

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