Simon Heptinstall's travel news
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Simon's travelwriting team appear on the new sophisticated game show 'Only Connect' on BBC 4 TV on Monday October 6th at 8.30pm. Simon's article about his trip to Barcelona appeared in the Mail on Sunday under the headline "How I drove the senoritas wild". Read it here. And he was one of the first journalists in the world to visit and report on amazing The Atlantis Hotel on The Palm in Dubai as it opened this month.
Lots of travelwriting trips this month: Sarthe in France, coast and mountains of Norway and Barcelona, plus a lot more work for the '1001 Escapes' book. Travel hIghlights included catching 17 trout in a mountain lake in Norway and frying them for breakfast on the beach and climbing Hovdenuten mountain in the rain.
'The Travelwriters' team spent a day recording with the BBC but ended up being narrowly beaten in the high-brow quiz/challenges/games... by a team of science writers. Despite this shameful result team captain Simon enjoyed making the programme and working with his talented trio. The show is called 'Only Connect' and is due to be shown on Tuesdays at 8.30pm starting in September. We'll post a definite date when we have it.
July has also been busy for Simon's writing - including a lot more work for the book 1001 Escapes, a feature about Devon in the London Paper and a trip to Naples and Santorini for the Mail on Sunday.
Simon's new book 'Devon' was featured in the Times. This followed pieces in the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday mentioning the book.
SImon hit the headlines in Devon thanks to his list of the 'ten worst places in Devon'. Local papers in the county contacted locals in the 'worst' areas for their predictable reactions. Read them here and here.
Simon and his intrepid team of travelwriters (Anna Melville-James and Dan Hayes) have an audition and screen-test for a new BBC 4 TV quiz presented by Victoria Coren.
Simon was pleased that the Guardian newspaper, after reading this site, commissioned him to write a page for their travel magazine. Despite writing for most of their rivals for many years, it was Simon's first appearance in the Guardian. Read it here.
Quartet books have asked Simon Heptinstall to be a writer for a glossy new international coffee-table book '1001 Escapes'.
Simon Heptinstall is now one of the featured writers on the prestigious new travel writing website thetraveleditor.com/ Visitors can read his articles, comment on them or even mark them out of ten.
You can now read an extract from Simon's book 'Devon' on this site for free... click here.
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Simon explored Sarthe - a lovely
but largely undiscovered corner
of France with few British visitors
Simon's children Harry and Millie
caught themselves a memorable
breakfast in a Norwegian lake