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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Picture: Interviewing Tracey Thorn, Mick Houghton and Will Birch at the Penderyn Prize event in Walthamstow
Event: The Penderyn Music Book Prize with Will Birch, Mick Houghton, Ian Penman and Tracey Thorn, 16 January, 7pm, Walthamstow Trades Hall, London E17 4RQ
‘The Penderyn Music Book Prize is the first UK-based prize specifically for music titles (history, theory, biography, autobiography). Four of this year’s fourteen long-listed authors; Will Birch, Mick Houghton, Ian Penman and Tracey Thorn will discuss their writing with fellow author/historian Travis Elborough and we will announce this year’s best music books.’
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‘In the Christmas programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces seasonal dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom which reflect the nature and range of contemporary life.
Ian McMillan in Barnsley recalls being a – rather unexpected – wise man when a boy and ponders what that traumatic but ultimately uplifting experience has taught him which still matters today.
As excitement mounts, Jane Labous visits an improbable school for Father Christmases to discover the dos and don’ts of the job and why too much ho-ho-ho can be frowned upon.
Horatio Clare in South Wales reflects on the peculiar sense of loss which the bereaved feel during the festive season and considers how best it can be relieved for old and young alike.
Charmaine Cozier has actually done what many would like to do and volunteered during the festive season. She ponders the ups and downs of the experience as the best – and worst – aspects of humanity are put vividly on display.
And Travis Elborough, in the company of a Captain Nemo-like brewer, takes on the onerous task of sampling locally fermented Christmas ale in Sussex, and discovers the uplifting spiritual dimensions to the creation of a unique seasonal libation.’
Signed copies available from the shop
Event: Margate Bookie, A Sense of Place with Travis Elborough and Mel McGrath 23rd November 10:15 am, Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
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‘The temporal sweep of the book is immense… very nicely produced with alluring photographs and lovely colour maps… a great Christmas gift for budding explorer and armchair alike.’ – Sarah Birch, Hackney Citizen
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I appear, alongside the likes of Andrew Martin and Joe Kerr, in this Channel 5 documentary Keeping London Moving: Then and Now.
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Picture: Interviewing Sir David Puttnam and Ray Connolly after the screening of That’ll Be the Day at Regent St Cinema
Read: An extract from the Atlas of Vanishing Places published in The Glasgow Herald’s Saturday Magazine
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Event: The Kew Bookshop, 30th Birthday celebrations, 2pm, Friday 11th October, 1-2 Station Approach Kew TW9 3QB
I will be appearing at the Kew Bookshop as part of their 30th Birthday celebrations at 2pm on Friday 11 October.
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Signed copies of the book currently available in store.