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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…

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Members’ News: Spring 2017

ISSUED BY THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS Issue No.55; May 2017 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE   It’s an interesting time for commissioning editors and travel writers alike. There has always been ‘churn’. Destinations & travel styles open up and come into fashion all the time, while others recede or fall off the map. Over the years…

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Guild members scoop Dutch awards

Four Guild members won recognition in the 2017 Holland Press Awards organised by the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions. Here they all are, pictured with their awards and members of staff from Holland.com: Carol Wright won the Outstanding Article of the Year Award for a ten-page feature on Amsterdam in the Golden Age, published…

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Stuart Forster scoops a British Annual Canada Travel Award

BGTW member Stuart Forster was presented with the British Annual Canada Travel Award for Best Online Coverage at an event at Canada House on Trafalgar Square in London. The 27th edition of the prestigious awards ceremony, widely known as the BACTAs, was held on 23 February 2017. Stuart was awarded the BACTA for the feature…

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In the Spotlight – Simon Willmore

What made you start travel writing? I was living in Grenoble, France, to complete my Master’s – weirdly enough, in engineering. One day, I just realised that I had so many experiences to share that I started writing – as a Brit in France, some of the cultural differences are mind-boggling despite the two countries…

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#100DaysWild, a celebration of British summer wildlife

I love summer in Britain – but I also I hate it. Our country’s wildlife is at its most varied and most bounteous – but the quandary is that there is simply not enough time to see it all. May, for example, is the month that refuses to wait. What blooms or sings one week…

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Members News: Winter 2015

ISSUED BY THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS Issue No.51; December 2015 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE The autumn and early winter of 2015 have been a bonus awards season for BGTW members. Andy Jarosz was named Travel Writer of the Year at the German Tourism Awards event; Emma Gregg was feted as the Travel Blogger of the…

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In the Spotlight – Rob Goss

When and why did you join the Guild? I joined in October this year. I live in Japan most of the year and in a professional sense I feel a bit isolated here from other people who make a living writing in English. Joining the Guild will hopefully help me get to know some other writers and might…