Maps are Us: The Atlas Unbound

Saturday 22/6/2024
Interstellar Ideas

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


Spinning true tales of human ingenuity and nature’s own masterpieces, Elborough, the award-winning author of Atlas of Vanishing Places, will muse on the power of unknown and abandoned places, maps and atlases, to enchant and inspire us, and hopefully to lead us to a more sustainable future.


Described by The Guardian as ‘one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’, Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for over two decades now. Elborough’s books include Wish You Were Here: England on Sea, The Long-Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records that inspired the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World, in which he also appeared, Through the Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles and Atlas of Vanishing Places, the winner of Edward Stanford Travel Book Award in 2020. A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s From Our Home Correspondent, he wrote and presented the five-part series, The Rise and Fall of the Antique for the station.


Travis will be signing books in the Waterstones Bookshop on the beach after the talk.