Travis Elborough: The Joy of Maps

4 April 2019
  • 19:00
  • Doors 6:30pm for 7pm
    £10 (£8 FoBH & u25s)

The Joy of Maps with Travis Elborough, author of the Atlas of Improbable Places and Atlas of the Unexpected. 

Join Travis Elborough for a fascinating illustrated talk on the joy of maps, and the extraordinary and bizarre destinations to which they can lead us.

Travis will share some of the obscure and unlikely discoveries included in his two beautiful books Atlas of the Unexpected, New Statesman Book of the Year 2018,  and Atlas of Improbable Places (2016), spinning tales of human ingenuity and nature’s own masterpieces, and will muse on the power of unknown places, maps, and atlases to enchant and inspire us.


About Travis Elborough:

Described by The Guardian as  “one of the country’s finest pop culture historians', Travis Elborough is a writer and cultural commentator, who has written books on subjects as diverse as the London Routemaster bus, the British Seaside, the history of the L.P record, and the sale of London Bridge to America. 


Most recently, in addition to the stunningly-produced and utterly fascinating Atlases, he has compiled and edited Letters to Change the World : From Pankhurst to Orwell; a collection of politically-inspiring letters from history, and Our History of the 20th Century : As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters; a candid and insightful collection of diary entries charting the twentieth century from the perspective of those who lived through it – not only the headline-grabbing events but also domestic and personal moments.

Travis is a regular contributor to the Observer and the Guardian but has also written for the Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman and Financial Times among others and frequently appears on BBC Radio 4 and Five Live.