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The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018 Gala Dinner

3rd February 2018

TripFiction was very pleased to be invited to attend the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018 Gala Dinner in The Pillar Hall at London’s Olympia last Thursday. It was a star studied event with excellent food and conversation, and awards being given in no less than ten Travel Writing categories.

The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018

Waiting for the evening to commence

Of particular interest to us was the Hayes & Jarvis sponsored award for ‘Fiction with a Sense of Place’. The winner here was Tristan Hughes’ quite brilliant book, Hummingbird.

This is set in the Northern Canadian wilderness and tells the story of a 15-year old boy, Zachary, who lives with his father and the other eccentric inhabitants of Sitting Down Lake. One summer an enigmatic figure, Eva, appears and together they set out on a journey of discovery haunted by their pasts. A touching and beautifully written coming of age story. Highly recommended.

The winners in the other categories were:

Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year

Border by Kapka Kassabova –  a sharply observed portrait of the battle scarred border between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece. A place very close to us, and yet very remote

Adventure Travel Book of the Year

Shark Drunk by Morten Strøksnes – a real adventure book about the search for the elusive Greenland shark – set in remote islands off the Norwegian coast

Children’s Travel Book of the Year

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell – an exciting and moving story of four boys survival after a plane crash in the Amazon jungle

Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

Londonist Mapped by AA Publishing – brilliant maps and quirky illustration showing the best of London

Travel Cookery Book of the Year

Bart’s Fish Tales by Bart van Olphen – Bart travels the world to visit the most sustainable fisheries there are. A book for our times. Recipes galore

Outstanding General Travel Themed Book of the Year

The Amazing Story of the Man who cycled from India to Europe for Love by Per J Anderson – the captivating true story of ‘PK’ who cycled from India to Scandinavia to secure the lady he loved and to be with her

Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year

Alan Packer – who left Aberdeen to move to Kosovo with his wife. A project to renovate a house there led to writer friends asking him to set down his story for a wider audience. The Village Sledge Run is the result

Travel Blog of the Year

Man v Globe by Dave McClane – the quality of the photography, and the writing, draw you in quickly to this very professional travel blog

And finally, the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing was awarded to Jan Morris. The award celebrates her amazing contribution to travel writing over many decades. It is totally merited.

A great evening, with some very well deserved awards for Travel Writing.     #ESTWA

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Morten Strøksnes receiving his award remotely while snowed in in Norway

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