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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Picture: How We Used to Live at the Southbank

How We Used to Live screening as part of the Films of Saint Etienne season at the BFI South Bank on 4 September 2020
Post-screening Q&A hosted by Sian Pattenden, on stage with Pete Wiggs and Paul Kelly Picture from @funinhounslow
Detail from a tapestry celebrating the creation of the NHS and national health glasses, foyer of the South Bank Centre

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Event: How We Used to Live screens at the BFI Southbank, London on Sat 4 September followed by a Q&A with Pete Wiggs and Travis Elborough as part of The Films of Saint Etienne season

Full details and link to book tickets here: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=filmsofsaintetienne&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=

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Read: The Joy of Specs, my piece on glasses for The Big Issue – now free to read online

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Books: Review of Through the Looking Glasses by Andrew Lynch in Business Post

https://www.businesspost.ie/books/through-the-looking-glasses-an-enlightening-history-of-how-we-came-to-see-the-world-more-clearly-62367acc

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Picture: Through the Looking Glasses in Hatchard’s Piccadilly’s pick of their favourite new books

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August 14, 2021 · 5:24 pm

Books: Review of Through the Looking Glasses by Kathryn Hughes in The Guardian

Online here:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jul/24/through-the-looking-glasses-by-travis-elborough-review-the-spectacular-life-of-spectacles

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Listen: Talking about Through the Looking Glasses on Monocle Radio

Listen online here:
https://monocle.com/radio/shows/monocle-on-design/extra-249/

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Picture: Celebrating publication by raising a glass to Through the Looking Glasses in the Betsey Trotwood

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July 9, 2021 · 9:26 am

Books: Review of Through the Looking Glasses by Victoria Segal in The Sunday Time

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July 1, 2021 · 8:21 am

Event: Through the Looking Glasses at The Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace 29th July, 7.30 pm

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July 1, 2021 · 7:34 am

Listen: Speaking to Stefanie Preissner about Through the Looking Glasses on The Moncrieff Show on Newstalk

Listen here:

https://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/highlights-from-moncrieff/through-the-looking-glasses

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Books: Rachel Cooke on Through the Looking Glasses in The Observer

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June 30, 2021 · 8:31 am

Books: Review of Through the Looking Glasses in The Times’ Saturday Review by Laura Freeman

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June 29, 2021 · 1:18 pm

Books: Review of Through the Looking Glasses in New Statesman by Michael Prodger

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June 25, 2021 · 8:13 pm

Picture: My portraits of Vic Godard on the cover of the new Subway Sect album Moments Like These, produced by Mick Jones of The Clash

Subway Sect’s new album Moments Like These

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Books: An advance review of Through the Looking Glasses by Hackney Citizen

https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2021/04/26/through-the-looking-glasses-travis-elborough-book-review/https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2021/04/26/through-the-looking-glasses-travis-elborough-book-review/

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https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2021/04/26/through-the-looking-glasses-travis-elborough-book-review/

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Forthcoming: New paperback edition of Letters to Change the World out on 24 June 2021

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January 17, 2021 · 6:36 pm

Books: Forthcoming, Through the Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles (Little Brown, July 2021)

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January 2, 2021 · 6:31 pm

Picture: Interviewing Graham Fellows aka John Shuttleworth for the Louder than Words Festival online

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November 8, 2020 · 1:23 pm

Read: The Happy Reader Issue 15

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I have an article in the latest issue of The Happy Reader on the extraordinary writer Lafacadio Hearn’s time as a reporter in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1870s.

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Picture: Modern Ruins, Holiday Park, Indianapolis

The Ruins of Indianapolis - Holliday Park

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Listen: BBC Radio 4 The Rise and Fall of the Antique 11.45 am, Sun 6 Sept

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My five-part documentary series The and Fall of the Antique is getting a repeat airing on BBC Radio 4 each Sunday at 11.45 am from 6 September.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bd7zhp

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Book: Italian paperback edition of Letters to Change the World

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August 5, 2020 · 6:28 pm

Review: Atlas of Vanishing Places in Outlook Traveller

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https://www.outlookindia.com/outlooktraveller/explore/story/70678/6-books-map-lovers-must-read

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Listen: BBC Radio 4, From Our Home Correspondent, talking about the future of tarot reading in Brighton

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Listen online here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000kp55

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Watch: When Pop Went Epic, BBC4, i-Player

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A repeat screening of When Pop Went Epic: The Crazy World of the Concept Album featuring contributions from me, up now on BBC i-player:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b079s0n0

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Picture: A Walk in the Park in the Not the Stoke Newington Literary Festival display, Stoke Newington Bookshop

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June 11, 2020 · 4:15 pm

Read: Maps for the mind during lockdown, Hackney Citizen

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Read online here:

Travis Elborough: Maps for the mind during lockdown

 

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Listen: BBC Radio 4 From Our Home Correspondent, talking about parks during the lockdown

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hfwf

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Read: Atlas of Vanishing Places on Julia Bradbury’s Huffington Post Lockdown Reading List

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Read in full here:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/12-books-to-transport-you-to-other-worlds-during-lockdown_uk_5e8af9e4c5b6cbaf282c3b30

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Atlas of Vanishing Places awarded the Stanfords DK Eyewitness Travel Guides Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

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‘Beautifully written, inspiring photography, sleek design and exquisite maps depicting ancient and forgotten lands in all their former glory… But this book is so much more than a call to travel to the far-flung corners of the globe…it is a welcome and timely reminder of the beauty and fragility of the world in which we live, and the importance of safeguarding it for future generations.  A joy to read, and a hands down winner for me.’ 
— Danielle Watt, Judge, DK Eyewitness Illustrated Travel Book of the Year, Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020

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February 27, 2020 · 9:40 am

Picture: Speaking to Anthony Wall, Zimena Percival and Martin Rosenbaum at Regent St Cinema

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February 27, 2020 · 9:05 am

Event: Beyond Borders with Zoran Nikolic and Mary Spence, Mon 2 March, The British Library, Euston Road, NW1

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How do you map strange places?

Author and broadcaster Travis Elborough is joined by cartographer Mary Spence and writer Zoran Nikolic for an evening exploring maps of the most unusual and peculiar corners of the globe.

Travis Elborough is an author and social commentator. His books include Wish You Were Here, The Bus We Loved, Atlas of Improbable Places and Atlas of Vanishing Places. A regular contributor to national print and broadcast media, he has penned articles on all aspects of travel and culture, from pirates in the Caribbean to donkeys at the British seaside.

Born in an area of constant political change in what was once Yugoslavia and is now Serbia, Zoran Nikolic saw the impact political change had on people’s daily lives. This interest in geography extended outside Eastern Europe and became a lifetime fascination with borders and political geography. His book,The Atlas of Unusual Borders: Discover intriguing boundaries, territories and geographical curiosities was published in autumn 2019.

Mary Spence is a cartographic design consultant. Her career spans over 40 years in cartographic publishing and she was awarded an MBE in 2004 for services to Cartographic Design. She is a Past President of the British Cartographic Society.

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Event: A Walk in the Park Walk, Sat 15 February 1pm, Victoria Park, Bow, E3

A walk in the park Feb 2020

Free but reserve a place here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-walk-in-the-park-with-travis-elborough-tickets-89576623091

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Picture: Speaking to Lawrence of Felt, Denim and Go-Kart Mozart at the Regent St Cinema

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January 23, 2020 · 8:38 am

Picture: Interviewing Tracey Thorn, Mick Houghton and Will Birch at the Penderyn Prize event in Walthamstow

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January 17, 2020 · 1:27 pm