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Tips for commentary writing

The first rule about writing commentaries is that there are no rules. There are right and wrong ways of doing it, of course. And, on hearing a commentary, you’ll immediately know whether the writer has got it right – or, more obviously, wrong. But, because we all have different writing styles and quirks of vocabulary,…

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Guild member portfolios

The British Guild of Travel Writers has approximately 250 members across a range of specialisms. Here’s a look at some of our members’ portfolios.

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Is now a good time to start a new business?

We’re now in the seventh month of the Coronavirus pandemic, and as we slip into autumn, am I the only one that thinks that time has passed really quickly? In years to come I wonder how we will look back at these few months; some of us with good memories, some bad and everything in…

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History

Majestic characters and the birth of the Guild

The BGTW in the 1960s

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About

No slow down in lockdown: New BGTW members

At the BGTW EGM this week, former Guild Chair Mary Moore Mason made the very valid point that it was hard to keep track of the people had joined the Guild during lockdown, because we hadn’t had the chance to meet them properly at a social event. This list answers that question! These are all…

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Photographers among BGTW membership

The Guild counts several experienced travel photographers among its membership.

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CPD

Coronavirus – Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

We’re all struggling with coming out of lockdown, some more than others I suppose. Unfortunately, the travel industry seems to be the hardest hit, and it will no doubt take several years before we see anything like a pre-pandemic holiday industry. At least UK tourism should receive a boost from those not travelling abroad; let’s…

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Podcasters among the Guild membership

Listening to podcasts can prove an effective way of learning about destinations and travel-related topics. The medium provides experts and people with local knowledge a platform to speak and share their insights and experience.

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Events (past)

BGTW Talks Travel webinar: Pitching and filing like a pro

Right now, it feels like it’s never been more important to get your pitch game up to scratch. From what makes a good pitch to why your idea doesn’t get a reply, and the rules of ‘chasing’/following up to bringing up the ‘ouch’ question of rates, this frank debate with four top UK travel editors…

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Guild press trip to Latvia

Six Guild members travelled to Latvia on 12 August to participate in a five-day press trip whose focus was the country’s Latgale region.

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Summer Economic Statement

As we continue in these strange and uncertain times, it certainly feels like ‘Groundhog Day’ for many of us still working from home. Holidays seem a distant memory, although I’m optimistic for a staycation, so I’ll be doing my bit for the UK economy. Many of the measures announced by The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in…

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Travel bloggers among the Guild membership

The British Guild of Travel Writers has several travel bloggers among our 250-strong membership. Some of those are full-time bloggers, others combine blogging with other specialisms, including feature writing, photography and videography.

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Events (past)

BGTW Talks Travel: Great British stays

There are few types of getaways more British than staying in a pub – boutique pubs with rooms, traditional inns, and affordable accommodation, all across the UK. What does a stay in a pub look like now for couples, families, ramblers, dog owners, beer lovers and others? How does the personal touch in a smaller…

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Events (past)

BGTW Talks Travel: Decolonising travel writing

On Tuesday 15 July, BGTW member Meera Dattani hosted a panel of expert writers and academics to discuss ‘decolonising travel writing’.

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Online photography exhibition: After Dark

Are we beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel?