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

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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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Read online here:

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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Listen here:

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.

Book tickets here:

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

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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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Event: A Walk in Park talk, Finsbury Park Cafe, Finsbury Park, N4, Wed 29 January, 6pm

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Link here:

http://finsburypark.london/events/heritage-talk-people’s-parks

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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

Review: Atlas of Vanishing Places featured in the Wall Street Journal

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Read online here:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/books-for-people-who-love-maps-11579189087

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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

Read: Mail Online Travel News, extracts from the Atlas of Improbable Places and Atlas of the Unexpected

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Read online here:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-7562285/The-worlds-curious-unexpected-places-revealed-Australia-Russia.html

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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

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‘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.’ 

Full details here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/penderyn-music-book-prize-longlist-announcement-tickets-85958009721?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing

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Listen: From Our Home Correspondent, 22 December 1.30pm BBC Radio 4

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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.’

Link here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000clpd

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Awards: Atlas of Vanishing Places shortlisted in the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020

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More about the award here:

https://www.edwardstanfordawards.com/single-post/2019/12/10/World-Class-Shortlist-Announced-for-the-Edward-Stanford-Travel-Writing-Awards-2020

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Review: Atlas of Vanishing Places in Topman’s Gift Guide

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Read more here:

https://www.topman.com/blog/buying-for-a-book-lover-people-pleasing-tomes/

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Picture: Atlas of Vanishing Places in Stoke Newington Bookshop’s Xmas window display

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Signed copies available from the shop

Welcome to Stoke Newington Bookshop

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Picture: Dreamland, Margate

Neon Bible, Dreamland, Margate

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Picture: Speaking about the seaside at the Margate Bookie with Francesca Baker

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Picture: Interviewing Bob and Roberta Smith, Jessica Voorsanger and John Rogers at Regent St Cinema

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November 18, 2019 · 9:20 am

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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Full details here:

A SENSE OF PLACE WITH TRAVIS ELBOROUGH AND MEL McGRATH

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Review: Atlas of Vanishing Places in the November issue of Hackney Citizen

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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

Read in full here:

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&pubid=83bb3cc9-350b-4baa-b8aa-68f238ef1219

 

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Watch: Keeping London Moving: Then and Now, Channel 5 documentary

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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.

It can be viewed here:

https://www.my5.tv/keeping-london-moving-then-and-now/season-1/episode-2-46340869-b610-482e-be67-1578c967214d

 

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Books: German edition of Atlas of Vanishing Places available now

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More information here:

https://www.wbg-wissenverbindet.de/15945/atlas-der-verschwundenen-orte

 

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Books: French edition of the Atlas of Vanishing Places available now

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More information here:

https://www.librairie-voyage.com/parutions-recentes/editions-la-martiniere-beau-livre-atlas-des-lieux-disparus-a-la-decouverte-des-vestiges-du-monde-travis-elborough.html

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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

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Read: An extract from the Atlas of Vanishing Places published in The Glasgow Herald’s Saturday Magazine

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Read here as a PDF:

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Picture: Reading at the Kew Bookshop

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October 12, 2019 · 11:34 am

Event: The Kew Bookshop, 30th Birthday celebrations, 2pm, Friday 11th October, 1-2 Station Approach Kew TW9 3QB

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I will be appearing at the Kew Bookshop as part of their 30th Birthday celebrations at 2pm on Friday 11 October.

Full schedule of all the events here:

KEW BOOKSHOP – 30th Birthday Schedule

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Read: Extract from the Atlas of Vanishing Places in the ‘i’ newspaper

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Online here:

https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/london-river-fleet-sewer-system-fishermen-haunt-646501

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Picture: At the Henley Literary Festival with Giles Milton, Victoria Hislop and Abi Daré

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October 7, 2019 · 1:51 pm

Event: The Architects Underground, 2nd October 6pm, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place,W1B

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Book tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-architects-underground-2nd-october-tickets-70149291419

 

 

 

 

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Event: Morley Festival, West Yorkshire, The Joy of Maps talk, 1st Oct, 7pm Cucina Cafe Bar and Restaurant, Morley, LS27 9EB

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Ticket link here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-joy-of-maps-with-travis-elborough-tickets-64243741761

 

 

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Read: Review of Atlas of Vanishing Place in Nature by Barbara Kiser

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Read online here:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02851-7

 

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Books: Forthcoming Italian edition of Letters to Change the World

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September 23, 2019 · 5:59 pm

Books: Atlas of Vanishing Places published today, 17 September, in the United States

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More information on buying in the USA and Canada here:

https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781781318959/Atlas-of-Vanishing-Places.html

 

 

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Picture: Launching Atlas of Vanishing Places at Stanfords in Covent Garden

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Signed copies of the book currently available in store.

http://www.stanfords.co.uk/Atlas-of-Vanishing-Places-The-lost-worlds-as-they-were-and-as-they-are-today_9781781318959#section-deliveryOptions

 

 

 

 

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September 13, 2019 · 6:24 pm

Books: Atlas of Vanishing Places Non-Fiction Book of the Month at Mostly Books

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More information here:

https://www.mostly-books.co.uk/2019/09/september-non-fiction-book-of-month.html

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Books: Atlas of Vanishing Places in all good bookshops now

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A lovely tweet from Heffers Bookshop in Cambridge.  
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Books: Atlas of Vanishing Places out on 3rd September

 

More info here:

https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781781318959/Atlas-of-Vanishing-Places.html

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Books: New edition of Tales of Two Londons, containing my piece about the Victoria Park model steam boat club, is out now

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More info here:

http://arcadiabooks.co.uk/books/Tales%20of%20Two%20Londons%3A%20Stories%20From%20A%20Fractured%20City

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures: Independent Label Fair, King’s Cross

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View the set via Flickr here

 

 

 

 

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