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Books: An honourable mention in James Brown’s lovely review of the Laugharne Weekend Festival in The Daily Telegraph
Books: Hear me talking about Through the Looking Glasses with Neil Denny on his Little Atoms podcast
Event: Laugharne Festival, Friday 1 October, 5pm, Browns Marquee, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Read online here: https://www.opticianonline.net/features/the-goods-a-new-start
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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Listen: In conversation with Pete Paphides about his book Broken Greek, recorded at the Penderyn Prize music book prize event
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
Picture: Celebrating publication by raising a glass to Through the Looking Glasses in the Betsey Trotwood
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
Books: Forthcoming, Through the Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles (Little Brown, July 2021)
Picture: Interviewing Graham Fellows aka John Shuttleworth for the Louder than Words Festival online
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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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.
Listen: BBC Radio 4, From Our Home Correspondent, talking about the future of tarot reading in Brighton
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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:
Picture: A Walk in the Park in the Not the Stoke Newington Literary Festival display, Stoke Newington Bookshop
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Atlas of Vanishing Places awarded the Stanfords DK Eyewitness Travel Guides Illustrated Travel Book of the Year
— Danielle Watt, Judge, DK Eyewitness Illustrated Travel Book of the Year, Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020
Event: Beyond Borders with Zoran Nikolic and Mary Spence, Mon 2 March, The British Library, Euston Road, NW1
How do you map strange places?
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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