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No slow down in lockdown: New BGTW members

These are all the people that have become members since mid-March 2020.

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 the people that have become members of the British Guild of Travel Writers since mid-March 2020; we are so happy that they have joined our community. Please join me in making them feel welcome!

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Kate Mann

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A freelance travel writer based in Munich. Originally from London, but her career has taken her across Europe, from the bustling streets of Berlin to the quiet lanes of a town in Piedmont. It was during her time in Italy, working for Slow Food, that Kate’s interest in cheese-focused journalism fully matured…

Fiona Hilliard

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Biography: Former head of online travel content at Ryanair and managed the editorial for their Try Somewhere New site. I am the author of The HUNT Guide to Dublin, a travel guidebook about the Irish capital and its best independent museums, bars, cafes and restaurants…

Cassam Looch

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Biography: Travel editor and presenter; senior editor at Culture Trip for 4 years. In this time he has consistently written in-house editorial pieces focussing on travel from around the world and hosted and presented a global film and travel show for Culture Trip, which won a number of awards…

Richard Collett

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Biography: I’ve been travelling the world and writing about it for the last 5 years. My travel media career began with a travel blog, established in 2015 and still going strong, but in the last 2 years I’ve transitioned to more traditional travel media. I’ve been written regularly for several major…

Paul Healy

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Biography: In a previous life, I spent around 20 years in corporate communications where I was responsible for the internal messaging for large corporations. With a life-long passion for travel, I decided on a career change around 3 years ago when I started the travel blog Anywhere We Roam with my…

Ellie Cobb

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Biography: I’m a long-time travel editor and writer, with roles including Commissioning Editor at Lonely Planet, Editor at Rome2rio and Deputy Editor at BBC Travel. I’m currently Senior Journalist at BBC Travel, where I commission, write and edit content for the site and am always looking for strong freelancers to work…

Mark Bibby Jackson

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Biography: I am a journalist and editor of 20 years’ standing. For the last two years I have worked predominantly on the website Travel Begins at 40 (, which I co-founded. I have written numerous travel pieces in the last two years as well as news articles and the occasional opinion…

Lisa Kjellsson

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Biography: I write about experiential luxury travel, indigenous cultures, ecotourism, equestrian escapes and spa and wellness breaks for the likes of The Sunday Times, City AM Magazine, The Evening Standard, Jetsetter, Boat International, Robb Report, Sleeper and Condé Nast Traveller. My work has taken me to environments as diverse as the…

Annabel Barber

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Biography: I am currently Editorial Director of the Blue Guides, a long-established guide book series that celebrated its centenary in 2018. We publish English-language guides to classic destinations in Europe and farther afield, aimed at independent travellers with a predominant interest in history and a desire to explore art, architecture, archaeology…

Nicola Gibbs

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Biography: Hi, I’m a freelance editor and content writer, specialising in travel. My background is in publishing and I worked in-house at Footprint Handbooks for 8 years editing and updating travel guides. My most recent freelance projects have included creating travel content for Google’s new mobile travel interface: Destination Explore, and…

Alexandra Green

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Biography: Award-winning travel writer*, Francophile and foodie. Alex describes herself as a ‘Notts lass turned Devon yokel, with a passion for the sea, the South West of England, France and Spain’.  Writing about coastal adventures, slow and sustainable travel, nature-based tourism including walks, cycle routes and watersports, adventure travel, family breaks,…

Alice Barnes-Brown

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Biography: My love for exploring the world (and writing about it) comes from a childhood spent gazing longingly at maps and flags. Fast forward a few years, and I studied Modern History and Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, focusing on global history. My first magazine feature was published before…

Daniel Stables

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Biography: Daniel is a guidebook author for Rough Guides, DK Eyewitness, Insight Guides and Berlitz. He regularly contributes articles for the Rough Guides and Insight Guides websites, and has also written for Culture Trip and Wanderlust, among other publications. In the last three years he has written or co-written more than…

Clare Vooght

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Biography: In my nine-year career as a journalist I’ve written travel articles for titles such as Conde Nast Traveller, The Independent, Culture Trip, N by Norwegian, Cathay Pacific’s in-flight magazine Discover, Suitcase and various others. I’ve also commissioned and edited travel features for Time Out Everywhere, the title’s global travel platform….

Brian Crisp

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Biography: Brian has been a journalist for the past 35 years in Australia. For the past 12 years he has been involved in travel writing. He edited Escape – Australia’s largest travel section with a readership of 5 million plus per week – for just over five years and worked as editor-in-chief…

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By: Simon Willmore BGTW Chairman, Digital manager, Writer