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Members’ News: Summer 2018

ISSUED BY THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS Issue No.58; September 2018 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Welcome to our latest news briefing on what our members are up to. It’s been a busy three months since the last edition. We have now published our Directory. You may remember that last year we published a booklet, just listing…

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Roly Smith publishes ‘Wonders of the Peak: Then and Now’

Everyone who knows the Peak District – Britain’s first and most popular National Park – knows that it’s wonderful. From the brooding Dark Peak moorlands to the sylvan limestone dales, everyone has their favourite spots. The ‘Wonders of the Peak’ have been extolled by writers since the 14th century, but it was the first popular…

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Members scoop USA honours

Two Guild members were honoured in the 2018  Visit USA (UK) Association media awards . They were: Aaron Millar, winner in the Consumer Travel Magazine category with “Hoodoo, Voodoo, Ghosts and Graves”, published in National Geographic Traveller. The subject of his article was the Louisiana bayou, ancestral home of the Choctaw and Houma Native American…

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LATA Awards 2018 dominated by Guild members

Once again, Guild members reigned supreme at a media awards event – this time, the event in question was the LATA Media Awards on 23 May, with headline sponsor Wendy Wu Tours. Here’s a rundown of the winners: Best Online Blog Feature of the Year Award, sponsored by Las Iguanas Winner: Abigail King, ‘Pre-Columbian art…

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Members’ News: Spring 2018

ISSUED BY THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS Issue No.57; May 2018 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Welcome to our latest quarterly news briefing on what our members are up to. These days the Guild membership is smaller and more elite. Over the last two years we’ve been applying stronger criteria for judging applications from new members. Applicants…

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Holland awards for Guild members

Three Guild members were winners at this year’s France Travel Media Awards (FTMA), held at Carousel in Marylebone on Tuesday 27 February.

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Guild shines at FTMA: three categories out of seven won by BGTW members

Three Guild members were winners at this year’s France Travel Media Awards (FTMA), held at Carousel in Marylebone on Tuesday 27 February.

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In the Spotlight: Claire Dodd

New member Claire Dodd recently won the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Best Online Feature award for 2017. Read it here: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/haiti-tourism-travel-best-bits-facts-attractions-gain-more-travellers-a7723706.html. We asked her to introduce herself: When and why did you join the Guild? I’m a very new member to the Guild, having joined in November. I’ve now been freelance for six years – longer than…

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Award for Peter Ellegard

Guild member Peter Ellegard has won the Best Travel Trade Feature category in the 2017 Caribbean Tourism Organisation Awards – for the second time in three years. His winning article was on tourism in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Members’ awards success

Two Guild members won recognition in this year’s AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators) travel writing awards competition.  For his feature about “the extraordinary female free divers of South Korea” published in Suitcase Magazine,  Jonathan Thompson came second in the Travel Writer of the Year category for best feature under 1500 words. And just behind hm…

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Members’ News: Autumn 2017

ISSUED BY THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS Issue No.56; October 2017 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Here we are with the latest news on what our members are up to… besides dreaming of possible fame and glory in this year’s Gala Awards on the eve of World Travel Market! We hope that as a PR/commissioning editor you’ll…

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Africa hand turns gaze on Britain

Brian Jackman’s golden prose has long created vivid images of the African bush. But h describes as his new book is a love letter to the British countryside – and a plea that its character should not be thrown away……… Growing up in suburbia I never dreamed that one day I would spend four years…

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Guild’s US awards triumph

A night of triumph for Guild members at the Visit USA Association’s Media Awards event at London’s St Ermin’s Hotel. Neil Murray was named Travel Writer of the Year for a portfolio of writing in Essentially America magazine, the Scottish Sunday Mail and other publications. Aaron Millar took top prize in the Best Newspaper category…

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Brian Jackman honoured

Long standing Guild member Brian Jackman has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to the understanding of African tourism. He is one of three members to receive awards from the African Travel and Tourism Association. The others are Sue Watt, for best wildlife feature in a national newspaper and best features onf African environmental and…

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Aaron’s Big Easy piece takes top honour

Guild member Aaron Millar is a winner in the US Travel Association and Brand USA’s 2017 IPW Travel Writer Awards competition, sponsored by CityPASS. Aaron picked up the award for the best article on last year’s IPW host city, New Orleans. After the event there he described the Big Easy in a piece that appeared in…