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- March 2011

BBC Book - Unforgettable Walks to take before you die
Recently launched, Unforgettable Walks to take before you die, is the fifth in the BBC's international bestselling Unforgettable series and the third one that Steve Watkins and Clare Jones have produced. Within nine months during 2007, they travelled to 24 countries on five continents and shot over 60,000 images for the 30 walks featured in the book.

Their choice of walks are wide ranging in their scope, from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, hiking Peru's classic Inca Trail and tackling the Tour du Mont Blanc to several lesser known gems, such as walking the temples of Kyoto, in Japan, exploring the Lofoten Islands under the midnight sun and following in the footsteps of King Ludwig II in Bavaria. All can be done within a regular two week holiday and most take only a week or less. There should be walks in there to suit just about everyone and the beautifully produced book will make an ideal present for friends or family who love walking.

The promotion for the book is already starting to gather momentum, with Steve and Clare giving talks at the Destinations travel show at Earl's Court, London, at Stanfords Bookstore in Bristol on the 14th March and at the Stanfords London store on April 16th. Other talks are currently being organised, so check the lectures page for more details. Several major magazines, including Country Walking, ran features on the book and some of the main national newspapers covered it too.

Several international co-editions have already been signed up, including the USA, France, Spain, Italy and Germany. Unforgettable Walks to take before you die is available in the UK at all main bookstores (and via their online stores), including Waterstones, Borders, WH Smith and via Amazon. Click on the links to be taken directly to the Unforgettable Walks store page.

   

Unforgettable Journeys & Unforgettable Things to do
Steve and Clare's previous bestselling BBC books, Unforgettable Journeys to take before you die and Unforgettable Things to do before you die are still both available in the shops. They are also published in the USA & Canada by Firefly Books and in more than 20 other countries as co-editions.

You can buy them direct from Amazon.co.uk by going to the 06 Books section of this site or by clicking here on this direct Amazon link.

They are also available from all major book outlets and stores, including Waterstones, Borders and WH Smiths.

Unforgettable Journeys features 30 of their favourite journeys from around the globe, from a voyage to Antarctica to see the outstanding wildlife and Shackleton's legacy, a relaxing barge trip along the Canal du Midi in southern France and joining the Samí people of northern Sweden for the bi-annual reindeer migration.

Unforgettable Things to do features 40 great travel experiences, including rafting the Zambezi River, fly fishing and whisky tasting in Scotland, training to be a Ghengis Khan warrior in Mongolia and searching for pearls in Tahiti.

The promotional campaign around the books was a great success. The Sunday Express published extracts and images from five of the journeys, reviews featured in many newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Telegraph, Travel + Leisure, Wanderlust, Traveller and Sunday Times Travel. The book has featured as a Guardian reader offer, there have been radio interviews with several BBC stations and a series of lectures at major travel and outdoor shows and book stores. The talks at the NEC Destinations Show, the OS Outdoor Show and Stanford's book store were a big success, with full houses.

Click here to buy the Unforgettable books now direct from Amazon.co.uk

   

Travellers' Tales Festival 2009 - A weekend celebration of the world's best travel writing and travel photography
Steve is now the Director of Photography for an exciting new travel writing and travel photography event, the Travellers' Tales Festival. The first of these annual celebrations of the world's best travel photographers and travel writers took place on the weekend of 28th Feb - 1st Mar 2009, at the headquarters of the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London.

An unprecedented lineup of speakers included some of the legends of travel, such as John Simpson, Steve McCurry, Art Wolfe, Colin Prior, William Dalrymple, Alexander McCall Smith, Sara Wheeler and Colin Thubron, amongst others. Many of these rarely make appearances in the UK, so this was a unique opportunity to see them all under one roof in one weekend.

In addition to the key speakers, there were 'how to' masterclasses, where you learnt from the experts how to shoot better travel photos or write better travel stories; enthralling debates with famous panellists on the issues facing some of the world's most alluring destinations, the Poles, the Middle East, the Amazon and the Himalaya; and a chance to get the inside track on the travel and publishing industry's hottest topics from digital imaging to future trends in travel writing and travel photography.

There were also photography exhibitions and leading travel-related companies showing off their latest products. With only a limited numbers of tickets available, this was a more intimate way to mingle with the great names of travel and a chance to meet and share your own travel experiences with kindred spirits. All in all, it was a geat success and we are already busy planning for next year.
www.travellerstalesfestival.com. See you there!

   
More new stock images
It has been another busy year for Steve on the photography front, shooting the images for his latest BBC book, Unforgettable Walks to take before you die. As a result, there are large amounts of new stock images in the library. We are working at getting them loaded into the soon-to-be-launched online stock archive, but please call us now for a free personal search. These latest images come from new regions of countries already covered in the archive, such as Australia, France and Italy, and several new ones, including Mali, Slovenia, Lofoten Islands and Germany.
   
Upcoming shoots
There are more exciting projects in the pipeline for 2009, which we hope to be able to reveal soon. Check back here for the latest information.