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Event: Author’s Club Lunch, 17 December 12.30 am at National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE

Full details here: https://www.authorsclub.co.uk/events/authors-club-lunch-with-travis-elborough/

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Event: Through the Looking Glasses (Virtual) at the London Library, 11 November, 7.30 pm

Travis Elborough, ‘one of country’s finest pop culture historians’ (the Guardian) discusses his eye-opening new history of spectacles, from their inception as primitive visual aids for monkish scribes right through to today’s designer eyewear and the augmented reality of Google Glass. Along the way are encounters with ingenious medieval glassmakers, myopic Renaissance rulers, Samuel Pepys and Dr Johnson, popstars, movie stars, feminist icons and literary heroes – both fictional and real. A visionary examination of what might just be humanity’s greatest invention.

Book here:

https://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/whats-on/131-through-the-looking-glasses?date=2021-11-11-19-30

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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

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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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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Listen: In conversation with Pete Paphides about his book Broken Greek, recorded at the Penderyn Prize music book prize event

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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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