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Sunday, February 2
 

10:00 GMT

How to write… The short read
Short, formatted features are where travel writing is heading — from the round-up to the the all-conquering listicle, the bite-sized city guide to the insider’s blog. They may not win you the Pulitzer Prize but they’re most journalist’s essential bread-and-butter work. But although they’re short can you ensure they’re sweet? It’s not as easy as it looks but this session will show you how.

Moderators
avatar for Nicola Trup

Nicola Trup

Associate Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Nicola is a journalist focusing on travel and food. She’s associate editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), deputy editor of its Food title, and has contributed to numerous other publications including The Guardian and The Sunday Times.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Lafferty

Jamie Lafferty

Travel writer
avatar for Kate Simon

Kate Simon

Freelance travel writer
Kate is a journalist with more than 30 years’ experience working for national newspapers and magazines. Since stepping down as travel editor of The Independent on Sunday in 2012, she’s gone on to write about travel for titles including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, i and... Read More →
avatar for Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Travel Editor, Independent News & Media
The current British Guild of Travel Writers Travel Writer of the Year, Pól is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller (UK). Pól is travel editor for INM’s Independent.ie and Weekend Magazine and the author of several books, including the award-winning Secret Dublin... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 10:00 - 10:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Cayley

10:00 GMT

Landscape know-how
Looking to improve your landscape photography skills? Photographer Lola Akinmade Akerstrom will be joining us to explain how to get the best out of your surroundings when you’re out in the elements.

Speakers
avatar for Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Author and photographer
An award-winning author and photographer, Lola explores culture through food, tradition and lifestyle for high-profile publications such as National Geographic Traveller (UK), The Guardian and Lonely Planet, among others. She’s collaborated with many well-known brands — from Mercedes-Benz... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 10:00 - 10:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Hogg

10:00 GMT

Wild card
Learn how to get up close and personal with animals around the globe with wildlife photographer Andrew Rouse, who’ll explain the best ways to capture that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Rouse

Andrew Rouse

Wildlife photographer
Andy is a professional wildlife photographer and animal-hugger. He has travelled extensively to all corners of the globe and has won multiple international awards during his 20-year career. He’s written over 20 books, the most recent on tigers, as well as columns for numerous magazines... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 10:00 - 10:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 14

10:00 GMT

Pitch perfect
Is there a science to pitching stories? We think not, but if you want editors to pick your pitch from their ever-increasing pile of submissions, there are some key techniques you’ll need to master. From learning how to be persistent yet polite to timing, tone and getting noticed, our panel reveals their top strategies.

Moderators
avatar for Jo Fletcher-Cross

Jo Fletcher-Cross

Contributing editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Jo is editorial manager at APL Media, editor of Postcards and Travel Trends and contributing editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK). She’s also a stand-up comedian with a particular interest in Eurovision.

Speakers
avatar for Pat Riddell

Pat Riddell

Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Pat has been at the helm of National Geographic Traveller (UK) since 2010 and a travel writer/editor for almost 20 years. He has an unhealthy Nottingham Forest obsession, an unfeasibly large record collection and a love of Australia, Italy and New York.
avatar for Emma Thomson

Emma Thomson

Freelance travel writer
Emma is an award-winning travel writer who spends most of the year away on assignment covering adventurous, off-the-beaten-track destinations. Commissions have ranged from a world-first unsupported expedition along Namibia's Skeleton Coast to travelling the length of the Silk Road... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 10:00 - 10:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 28

11:00 GMT

How to write… The long read
Everyone wants to write that Big Read. But how do you structure a story of 2,000 words or more, so that it sustains your readers’ interest, and really nails down that destination you love? From tricky beginnings and endings, to signposting, and pacing, using quotes and developing a voice, our panel lays out the dos and don’ts of long-form travel writing.

Moderators
avatar for Glen Mutel

Glen Mutel

Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Glen is executive editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK) and has been the editor of its quarterly spin-off Food title since its launch in spring 2018.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Phillips

Adrian Phillips

Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides
Adrian is managing director of Bradt Travel Guides (the world’s largest independent guidebook publisher), as well as a travel writer and broadcaster who contributes regularly to media including National Geographic Traveller (UK), the BBC and ITV. His recent awards include Consumer... Read More →
avatar for Emma Gregg

Emma Gregg

Freelance travel writer
Emma is a multi-award-winning travel journalist, specialising in responsible travel with a nature, culture and conservation focus. She’s a former editor of Travel Africa magazine, the author of several Rough Guides and has been a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller... Read More →
avatar for Julia Buckley

Julia Buckley

Freelance travel writer
Former travel editor at the Independent, Evening Standard and i, Julia specialises in Italy, the US, and hotels, and writes the monthly Where to Stay column for National Geographic Traveller (UK). She wrote travel-health memoir Heal Me and won Best Consumer Feature at the Travel... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 11:00 - 11:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Cayley

11:00 GMT

Wild card
Learn how to get up close and personal with animals around the globe with wildlife photographer Andrew Rouse, who’ll explain the best ways to capture that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Rouse

Andrew Rouse

Wildlife photographer
Andy is a professional wildlife photographer and animal-hugger. He has travelled extensively to all corners of the globe and has won multiple international awards during his 20-year career. He’s written over 20 books, the most recent on tigers, as well as columns for numerous magazines... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 11:00 - 11:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Hogg

11:00 GMT

Lights, camera, adventure
National Geographic Traveller (UK) has been creating partner content with The North Face. Join the team as we dissect a case study for an adventure photography shoot, covering everything from essential kit to tips on how to overcome tough terrain.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Pencott

Richard Pencott

Filmmaker
Richard is an ex-Royal Marines Commando turned filmmaker. He specialises in creative media for sports, adventure and lifestyle brands — a world away from his former life.


Sunday February 2, 2020 11:00 - 11:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 14

11:00 GMT

Me, my brand and I
As a budding travel writer, you aim to master the art of crafting captivating stories from around the globe. But what about your own story? Having a clear message about who you are and what you do is crucial to winning regular commissions. But is creating your own ‘brand’ just about being savvy with social? From working with PRs and editors to creating an online presence, our panellists discuss their tried and tested tips and tricks.

Moderators
avatar for Pat Riddell

Pat Riddell

Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Pat has been at the helm of National Geographic Traveller (UK) since 2010 and a travel writer/editor for almost 20 years. He has an unhealthy Nottingham Forest obsession, an unfeasibly large record collection and a love of Australia, Italy and New York.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Thomson

Emma Thomson

Freelance travel writer
Emma is an award-winning travel writer who spends most of the year away on assignment covering adventurous, off-the-beaten-track destinations. Commissions have ranged from a world-first unsupported expedition along Namibia's Skeleton Coast to travelling the length of the Silk Road... Read More →
avatar for Kash Bhattacharya

Kash Bhattacharya

Award-winning blogger
 Kash, better known as the BudgetTraveller, was the 2016 National Geographic Traveller (UK) Blogger of the Year. Author of the brand new The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World, published by design publisher Gestalten, Kash has revolutionised travel for the stylish, design-led... Read More →
avatar for Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Travel Editor, Independent News & Media
The current British Guild of Travel Writers Travel Writer of the Year, Pól is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller (UK). Pól is travel editor for INM’s Independent.ie and Weekend Magazine and the author of several books, including the award-winning Secret Dublin... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 11:00 - 11:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 28

12:00 GMT

All things considered
Travel photography is more than just journeys with a camera. Richard Taylor delves into the minutiae of planning a shoot and offers insider tips on how to adapt to any environment and how to best utilise your images once you return home.

Speakers
avatar for Richard James Taylor

Richard James Taylor

Freelance photography
Richard is a London-based freelance photographer specialising in location photography and travel features. His work has appeared in leading publications including National Geographic Traveller (UK), The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, Wanderlust and Lonely Planet... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 12:00 - 12:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Hogg

12:00 GMT

Trip notes
All travel writers should be skilled at thinking on their feet, but there are no short cuts to proper trip planning. Our panellists for this session will show you how to hit the ground running and get the best story. From researching the Big Idea, finding the best angle and seeking out sources and sponsorship to taking the best notes and trouble-shooting when it all goes wrong, we’ll show you how to plan the perfect trip, from lightbulb moment to layout.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Pieri

Maria Pieri

Editorial Director, National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Lafferty

Jamie Lafferty

Travel writer
avatar for Kate Simon

Kate Simon

Freelance travel writer
Kate is a journalist with more than 30 years’ experience working for national newspapers and magazines. Since stepping down as travel editor of The Independent on Sunday in 2012, she’s gone on to write about travel for titles including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, i and... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Lorie

Jonathan Lorie

Travel writer
Jonathan is the author of The Travel Writer's Way, a handbook for aspiring travel writers, and director of Travellers’ Tales, a training agency for travel writers. He has been a travel magazine editor and freelance travel writer for national magazines and newspapers and has taught... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 12:00 - 12:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Cayley

12:00 GMT

Easy street
Polly Rusyn discusses the importance of street photography in travel. She will reveal how to approach a place with street photography in mind, introducing you to the “Ninja” skills needed to take candid photos. You’ll take away her top tips on composition, and how to get your subjects onside, too.

Speakers
avatar for Polly Rusyn

Polly Rusyn

Freelance photographer and street photography educator
Polly is a London-based freelance photographer and street photography educator with a background in the travel industry. Polly’s work has been exhibited and published internationally, including in National Geographic Traveller (UK) magazine. In January 2019 she launched The Photo... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 12:00 - 12:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 14

12:00 GMT

How to write… The long read
Everyone wants to write that Big Read. But how do you structure a story of 2,000 words or more, so that it sustains your readers’ interest, and really nails down that destination you love? From tricky beginnings and endings, to signposting, and pacing, using quotes and developing a voice, our panel lays out the dos and don’ts of long-form travel writing.

Moderators
avatar for Glen Mutel

Glen Mutel

Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Glen is executive editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK) and has been the editor of its quarterly spin-off Food title since its launch in spring 2018.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Phillips

Adrian Phillips

Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides
Adrian is managing director of Bradt Travel Guides (the world’s largest independent guidebook publisher), as well as a travel writer and broadcaster who contributes regularly to media including National Geographic Traveller (UK), the BBC and ITV. His recent awards include Consumer... Read More →
avatar for Emma Gregg

Emma Gregg

Freelance travel writer
Emma is a multi-award-winning travel journalist, specialising in responsible travel with a nature, culture and conservation focus. She’s a former editor of Travel Africa magazine, the author of several Rough Guides and has been a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller... Read More →
avatar for Julia Buckley

Julia Buckley

Freelance travel writer
Former travel editor at the Independent, Evening Standard and i, Julia specialises in Italy, the US, and hotels, and writes the monthly Where to Stay column for National Geographic Traveller (UK). She wrote travel-health memoir Heal Me and won Best Consumer Feature at the Travel... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 12:00 - 12:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 28

13:45 GMT

Easy street
Polly Rusyn discusses the importance of street photography in travel. She will reveal how to approach a place with street photography in mind, introducing you to the “Ninja” skills needed to take candid photos. You’ll take away her top tips on composition, and how to get your subjects onside, too.

Speakers
avatar for Polly Rusyn

Polly Rusyn

Freelance photographer and street photography educator
Polly is a London-based freelance photographer and street photography educator with a background in the travel industry. Polly’s work has been exhibited and published internationally, including in National Geographic Traveller (UK) magazine. In January 2019 she launched The Photo... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 13:45 - 14:30 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Hogg

13:45 GMT

The travel writers' survival guide
How best to survive as a travel writer? And what are the real perks of the job? Our panellists will illustrate how everyone does it a little differently. And with so many new platforms and formats to take advantage of, there’s never been a better time to make your words count.

Moderators
avatar for Jo Fletcher-Cross

Jo Fletcher-Cross

Contributing editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Jo is editorial manager at APL Media, editor of Postcards and Travel Trends and contributing editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK). She’s also a stand-up comedian with a particular interest in Eurovision.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Phillips

Adrian Phillips

Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides
Adrian is managing director of Bradt Travel Guides (the world’s largest independent guidebook publisher), as well as a travel writer and broadcaster who contributes regularly to media including National Geographic Traveller (UK), the BBC and ITV. His recent awards include Consumer... Read More →
avatar for Emma Gregg

Emma Gregg

Freelance travel writer
Emma is a multi-award-winning travel journalist, specialising in responsible travel with a nature, culture and conservation focus. She’s a former editor of Travel Africa magazine, the author of several Rough Guides and has been a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller... Read More →
avatar for Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Travel Editor, Independent News & Media
The current British Guild of Travel Writers Travel Writer of the Year, Pól is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller (UK). Pól is travel editor for INM’s Independent.ie and Weekend Magazine and the author of several books, including the award-winning Secret Dublin... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 13:45 - 14:30 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Cayley

13:45 GMT

All things considered
Travel photography is more than just journeys with a camera. Richard Taylor delves into the minutiae of planning a shoot and offers insider tips on how to adapt to any environment and how to best utilise your images once you return home.

Speakers
avatar for Richard James Taylor

Richard James Taylor

Freelance photography
Richard is a London-based freelance photographer specialising in location photography and travel features. His work has appeared in leading publications including National Geographic Traveller (UK), The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, Wanderlust and Lonely Planet... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 13:45 - 14:30 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 14

13:45 GMT

Trip notes
All travel writers should be skilled at thinking on their feet, but there are no short cuts to proper trip planning. Our panellists for this session will show you how to hit the ground running and get the best story. From researching the Big Idea, finding the best angle and seeking out sources and sponsorship to taking the best notes and trouble-shooting when it all goes wrong, we’ll show you how to plan the perfect trip, from lightbulb moment to layout.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Pieri

Maria Pieri

Editorial Director, National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Lafferty

Jamie Lafferty

Travel writer
avatar for Kate Simon

Kate Simon

Freelance travel writer
Kate is a journalist with more than 30 years’ experience working for national newspapers and magazines. Since stepping down as travel editor of The Independent on Sunday in 2012, she’s gone on to write about travel for titles including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, i and... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Lorie

Jonathan Lorie

Travel writer
Jonathan is the author of The Travel Writer's Way, a handbook for aspiring travel writers, and director of Travellers’ Tales, a training agency for travel writers. He has been a travel magazine editor and freelance travel writer for national magazines and newspapers and has taught... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 13:45 - 14:30 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 28

14:45 GMT

From pitch to publish
You have your story and the photographs to accompany them — how do you maximise their potential? Travel photographer and writer Nori Jemil takes a look at how best to get your work noticed.

Speakers
avatar for Nori Jemil

Nori Jemil

Travel writer and photographer
Nori is a London-based award-winning travel writer, photographer and videographer. She was named Photographer of the Year in November 2017 by the British Guild of Travel Writers and has previously won travel, landscape and portrait awards both in the UK and abroad. Nori does multimedia... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 14:45 - 15:30 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Hogg

14:45 GMT

Pitch perfect
Is there a science to pitching stories? We think not, but if you want editors to pick your pitch from their ever-increasing pile of submissions, there are some key techniques you’ll need to master. From learning how to be persistent yet polite to timing, tone and getting noticed, our panel reveals their top strategies.

Moderators
avatar for Jo Fletcher-Cross

Jo Fletcher-Cross

Contributing editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Jo is editorial manager at APL Media, editor of Postcards and Travel Trends and contributing editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK). She’s also a stand-up comedian with a particular interest in Eurovision.

Speakers
avatar for Pat Riddell

Pat Riddell

Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Pat has been at the helm of National Geographic Traveller (UK) since 2010 and a travel writer/editor for almost 20 years. He has an unhealthy Nottingham Forest obsession, an unfeasibly large record collection and a love of Australia, Italy and New York.
avatar for Emma Thomson

Emma Thomson

Freelance travel writer
Emma is an award-winning travel writer who spends most of the year away on assignment covering adventurous, off-the-beaten-track destinations. Commissions have ranged from a world-first unsupported expedition along Namibia's Skeleton Coast to travelling the length of the Silk Road... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 14:45 - 15:30 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Cayley

14:45 GMT

Photography 2.0
Is there still art in the travel image? Join Lauren Gamp, designer for National Geographic Traveller (UK), as she moderates a panel of photographers, photojournalists and image experts in a discussion about what travel photography holds for us in the near future.

Moderators
avatar for Lauren Gamp

Lauren Gamp

Designer, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Lauren is a designer for National Geographic Traveller (UK) specialising in food and travel.

Speakers
avatar for Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Author and photographer
An award-winning author and photographer, Lola explores culture through food, tradition and lifestyle for high-profile publications such as National Geographic Traveller (UK), The Guardian and Lonely Planet, among others. She’s collaborated with many well-known brands — from Mercedes-Benz... Read More →
avatar for Richard James Taylor

Richard James Taylor

Freelance photography
Richard is a London-based freelance photographer specialising in location photography and travel features. His work has appeared in leading publications including National Geographic Traveller (UK), The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, Wanderlust and Lonely Planet... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 14:45 - 15:30 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 14

14:45 GMT

How to write… The short read
Short, formatted features are where travel writing is heading — from the round-up to the the all-conquering listicle, the bite-sized city guide to the insider’s blog. They may not win you the Pulitzer Prize but they’re most journalist’s essential bread-and-butter work. But although they’re short can you ensure they’re sweet? It’s not as easy as it looks but this session will show you how.

Moderators
avatar for Nicola Trup

Nicola Trup

Associate Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Nicola is a journalist focusing on travel and food. She’s associate editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), deputy editor of its Food title, and has contributed to numerous other publications including The Guardian and The Sunday Times.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Lafferty

Jamie Lafferty

Travel writer
avatar for Kate Simon

Kate Simon

Freelance travel writer
Kate is a journalist with more than 30 years’ experience working for national newspapers and magazines. Since stepping down as travel editor of The Independent on Sunday in 2012, she’s gone on to write about travel for titles including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, i and... Read More →
avatar for Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Travel Editor, Independent News & Media
The current British Guild of Travel Writers Travel Writer of the Year, Pól is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller (UK). Pól is travel editor for INM’s Independent.ie and Weekend Magazine and the author of several books, including the award-winning Secret Dublin... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 14:45 - 15:30 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 28

16:00 GMT

Lights, camera, adventure
National Geographic Traveller (UK) has been creating partner content with The North Face. Join the team as we dissect a case study for an adventure photography shoot, covering everything from essential kit to tips on how to overcome tough terrain.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Pencott

Richard Pencott

Filmmaker
Richard is an ex-Royal Marines Commando turned filmmaker. He specialises in creative media for sports, adventure and lifestyle brands — a world away from his former life.


Sunday February 2, 2020 16:00 - 16:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Hogg

16:00 GMT

Me, my brand and I
As a budding travel writer, you aim to master the art of crafting captivating stories from around the globe. But what about your own story? Having a clear message about who you are and what you do is crucial to winning regular commissions. But is creating your own ‘brand’ just about being savvy with social? From working with PRs and editors to creating an online presence, our panellists discuss their tried and tested tips and tricks.

Moderators
avatar for Pat Riddell

Pat Riddell

Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Pat has been at the helm of National Geographic Traveller (UK) since 2010 and a travel writer/editor for almost 20 years. He has an unhealthy Nottingham Forest obsession, an unfeasibly large record collection and a love of Australia, Italy and New York.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Thomson

Emma Thomson

Freelance travel writer
Emma is an award-winning travel writer who spends most of the year away on assignment covering adventurous, off-the-beaten-track destinations. Commissions have ranged from a world-first unsupported expedition along Namibia's Skeleton Coast to travelling the length of the Silk Road... Read More →
avatar for Kash Bhattacharya

Kash Bhattacharya

Award-winning blogger
 Kash, better known as the BudgetTraveller, was the 2016 National Geographic Traveller (UK) Blogger of the Year. Author of the brand new The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World, published by design publisher Gestalten, Kash has revolutionised travel for the stylish, design-led... Read More →
avatar for Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Travel Editor, Independent News & Media
The current British Guild of Travel Writers Travel Writer of the Year, Pól is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller (UK). Pól is travel editor for INM’s Independent.ie and Weekend Magazine and the author of several books, including the award-winning Secret Dublin... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 16:00 - 16:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Cayley

16:00 GMT

Landscape know-how
Looking to improve your landscape photography skills? Photographer Lola Akinmade Akerstrom will be joining us to explain how to get the best out of your surroundings when you’re out in the elements.

Speakers
avatar for Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Author and photographer
An award-winning author and photographer, Lola explores culture through food, tradition and lifestyle for high-profile publications such as National Geographic Traveller (UK), The Guardian and Lonely Planet, among others. She’s collaborated with many well-known brands — from Mercedes-Benz... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 16:00 - 16:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 14

16:00 GMT

Travel writing 2.0
Quick-access content may define our age, but where does travel writing sit in the era of entertainment immediacy? Does the celebrity-led travelogue and sponsored content reign supreme, or is the age of the Big Read back, with in depth investigative stories once again rising to prominence? Our award-winning panellists sit down for the Big Debate.

Moderators
avatar for Adrian Phillips

Adrian Phillips

Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides
Adrian is managing director of Bradt Travel Guides (the world’s largest independent guidebook publisher), as well as a travel writer and broadcaster who contributes regularly to media including National Geographic Traveller (UK), the BBC and ITV. His recent awards include Consumer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emma Gregg

Emma Gregg

Freelance travel writer
Emma is a multi-award-winning travel journalist, specialising in responsible travel with a nature, culture and conservation focus. She’s a former editor of Travel Africa magazine, the author of several Rough Guides and has been a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller... Read More →
avatar for Julia Buckley

Julia Buckley

Freelance travel writer
Former travel editor at the Independent, Evening Standard and i, Julia specialises in Italy, the US, and hotels, and writes the monthly Where to Stay column for National Geographic Traveller (UK). She wrote travel-health memoir Heal Me and won Best Consumer Feature at the Travel... Read More →
avatar for Kate Simon

Kate Simon

Freelance travel writer
Kate is a journalist with more than 30 years’ experience working for national newspapers and magazines. Since stepping down as travel editor of The Independent on Sunday in 2012, she’s gone on to write about travel for titles including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, i and... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 16:00 - 16:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 28

17:00 GMT

Photography 2.0
Is there still art in the travel image? Join Lauren Gamp, designer for National Geographic Traveller (UK), as she moderates a panel of photographers, photojournalists and image experts in a discussion about what travel photography holds for us in the near future.

Moderators
avatar for Lauren Gamp

Lauren Gamp

Designer, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Lauren is a designer for National Geographic Traveller (UK) specialising in food and travel.

Speakers
avatar for Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Author and photographer
An award-winning author and photographer, Lola explores culture through food, tradition and lifestyle for high-profile publications such as National Geographic Traveller (UK), The Guardian and Lonely Planet, among others. She’s collaborated with many well-known brands — from Mercedes-Benz... Read More →
avatar for Polly Rusyn

Polly Rusyn

Freelance photographer and street photography educator
Polly is a London-based freelance photographer and street photography educator with a background in the travel industry. Polly’s work has been exhibited and published internationally, including in National Geographic Traveller (UK) magazine. In January 2019 she launched The Photo... Read More →
avatar for Richard James Taylor

Richard James Taylor

Freelance photography
Richard is a London-based freelance photographer specialising in location photography and travel features. His work has appeared in leading publications including National Geographic Traveller (UK), The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, Wanderlust and Lonely Planet... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 17:00 - 17:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Hogg

17:00 GMT

Travel writing 2.0
Quick-access content may define our age, but where does travel writing sit in the era of entertainment immediacy? Does the celebrity-led travelogue and sponsored content reign supreme, or is the age of the Big Read back, with in depth investigative stories once again rising to prominence? Our award-winning panellists sit down for the Big Debate.

Moderators
avatar for Glen Mutel

Glen Mutel

Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Glen is executive editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK) and has been the editor of its quarterly spin-off Food title since its launch in spring 2018.

Speakers
avatar for Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Travel Editor, Independent News & Media
The current British Guild of Travel Writers Travel Writer of the Year, Pól is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller (UK). Pól is travel editor for INM’s Independent.ie and Weekend Magazine and the author of several books, including the award-winning Secret Dublin... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Lorie

Jonathan Lorie

Travel writer
Jonathan is the author of The Travel Writer's Way, a handbook for aspiring travel writers, and director of Travellers’ Tales, a training agency for travel writers. He has been a travel magazine editor and freelance travel writer for national magazines and newspapers and has taught... Read More →
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Emma Gregg

Freelance travel writer
Emma is a multi-award-winning travel journalist, specialising in responsible travel with a nature, culture and conservation focus. She’s a former editor of Travel Africa magazine, the author of several Rough Guides and has been a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller... Read More →
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Julia Buckley

Freelance travel writer
Former travel editor at the Independent, Evening Standard and i, Julia specialises in Italy, the US, and hotels, and writes the monthly Where to Stay column for National Geographic Traveller (UK). She wrote travel-health memoir Heal Me and won Best Consumer Feature at the Travel... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 17:00 - 17:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room Cayley

17:00 GMT

From pitch to publish
You have your story and the photographs to accompany them — how do you maximise their potential? Travel photographer and writer Nori Jemil takes a look at how best to get your work noticed.

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Nori Jemil

Travel writer and photographer
Nori is a London-based award-winning travel writer, photographer and videographer. She was named Photographer of the Year in November 2017 by the British Guild of Travel Writers and has previously won travel, landscape and portrait awards both in the UK and abroad. Nori does multimedia... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 17:00 - 17:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 14

17:00 GMT

The travel writers' survival guide
How best to survive as a travel writer? And what are the real perks of the job? Our panellists will illustrate how everyone does it a little differently. And with so many new platforms and formats to take advantage of, there’s never been a better time to make your words count.

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Jo Fletcher-Cross

Contributing editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Jo is editorial manager at APL Media, editor of Postcards and Travel Trends and contributing editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK). She’s also a stand-up comedian with a particular interest in Eurovision.

Speakers
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Emma Thomson

Freelance travel writer
Emma is an award-winning travel writer who spends most of the year away on assignment covering adventurous, off-the-beaten-track destinations. Commissions have ranged from a world-first unsupported expedition along Namibia's Skeleton Coast to travelling the length of the Silk Road... Read More →
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Adrian Phillips

Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides
Adrian is managing director of Bradt Travel Guides (the world’s largest independent guidebook publisher), as well as a travel writer and broadcaster who contributes regularly to media including National Geographic Traveller (UK), the BBC and ITV. His recent awards include Consumer... Read More →
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Kash Bhattacharya

Award-winning blogger
 Kash, better known as the BudgetTraveller, was the 2016 National Geographic Traveller (UK) Blogger of the Year. Author of the brand new The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World, published by design publisher Gestalten, Kash has revolutionised travel for the stylish, design-led... Read More →


Sunday February 2, 2020 17:00 - 17:45 GMT
The University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, Room MG 28