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TPOTY – all roads lead to Kensington

I’ve been entering the annual Travel Photographer of the Year competition since about 2005 and I’ve noticed how the quality of entries and winners has risen in that time. There are plenty of photo competitions out there, some with bigger prizes, but TPOTY’s focus on travel and its ability to attract more and more top…

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How to define travel writing?

Does “magical journalism qualify? Is it acceptable to polish quotes and embellish accounts of experiences order to convey a deeper truth –  or are facts absolute and sacred? Rosemary Bailey has kicked off debate with a searching essay for the Royal Literary Fund.

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BGTW Tea Time with Dragonfly Teas

BGTW‬ member Tim Locke managed the fascinating Brewed with a View tea promotion project involving some British Guild of Travel Writers members in conjunction with Dragonfly teas. Members were asked to provide travel pieces on places inspired by qualities of and stories relating to Dragonfly brands (an orchid tea = orchids in the Kibble Palace, Glasgow,a healing…

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Jonathan Thompson lifts USA award

Congratulations to BGTW member Jonathan Thompson (pictured in the centre, with Jonathan Sloan of Hills Balfour on the left and Philip Jones, CEO of Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau), who won an award for Best Regional Newspaper Travel Feature at the Visit USA Media Awards held at ANDAZ hotel in London on 30 June. His…

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Letter from Cyprus

The first of an occasional series by Guild members based outside the UK. There’s  no need for the Greek crisis to ruin travellers’ anticipation of holidays there, says Carole French. She’s seen it all before…… The threat that Greece may default on its EU debt has dominated the headlines for weeks. Will a Grexit be avoided,…

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Inside the Travel Lab recognised on list of top Travel Blogs

Congratulations to member Abigail King, whose blog Inside the Travel Lab was recently named as one of the best Travel Writing Sites! http://bit.ly/1JvMr2x

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Emma O’Reilly launches new blog

Travel Writer and Editor, Emma O’Reilly, has launched an exciting new blog at www.thegallivants.com, based around her travels both with and without her husband and two children. Emma says ‘I want to inform and entertain people, rather than just presenting a series of ramblings. Yes, I am writing about my own trips, but I am also…

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Christine Fagg

It is with great sadness that the Guild reports the death of its former member Christine Fagg, ballerina turned travel writer. Colleague Mary Anne Evans remembers her as a “charming, small elegant lady always with a delightful smile, a wry wit and time for everybody, and pretty strong minded as will”. That strong mindedness no…

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Only in London New Guidebook by Duncan J.D. Smith

BGTW member Duncan J. D. Smith’s latest guidebook is out now! Two and a half years in the making, Only in London tells the story of the city using over 100 unique locations, hidden corners and unusual objects. It’s all here including Roman ruins and sci-fi skyscrapers, eccentric museums and novel art spaces, ancient customs…

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Guild’s new Yearbook launched

The Guild’s new Yearbook is out. It’s a must have source for anyone involved in travel and can be ordered on this website. Want to find a writer who’s expert on a particular country, knows everything there is to know about holiday activities from archaeology to skiing – or a photographer who takes stunning travel…

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Dutch award for Stuart Forster

Stuart Forster was named Journalist of the Year at the Holland Press Awards 2015 for his body of work published during 2014 on the Netherlands and Dutch culture.The awards evening was held at the official London residence of the Dutch Ambassador. In addition to a plaque Stuart was given a Royal Delft plate commemorating 200…

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Members News: Spring 2015

ISSUED BY THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS Issue No.49; April 2015 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE IT’S UPWARDS AND ONWARDS FOR THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS The British Guild of Travel Writers is looking forward to the gala launch of its information-packed 2015-2016 Yearbook on the evening of Wednesday, 6th May in the London Coliseum where…

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Thuringia present Andreasstraße Memorial with BGTW…

Managing Director of the Thuringia Tourist Board Bärbel Grönegres handed over the ‪BGTW‬ 2014 Tourism Award to the Andreasstraße Memorial. Both the Chairman and the Director of the memorial held a speech thanking the Guild for the award and pointing out its importance. (Photo credit: Andreasstrasse Memorial)

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Guild Members Celebrated by the Italian Tourist Board

Here is the group photo of the winners of the Italian Government Tourist Board Travel Writing Awards, including BGTW members Mary Novakovich for her “Holiday Guide to Calabria” published by Guardian Travel, and Norman Miller for his piece “Island Hopping Around the Venetian Lagoon” published by The Times and The Sunday Times (Credits: SM Photo Agency)

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Canada says Kerry Christiani is Best Online

Canadian Tourism Commission reveals the Winners in 2015 British Annual Canada Travel Awards The UK office of the Canadian Tourism Commission, and industry partners; Travel Yukon, Destination British Columbia, Travel Alberta, Manitoba Tourism, Ontario Tourism, Destination Quebec and the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership marked a silver anniversary for the 2015 British Annual Canada Travel Awards.…