16. October 2013 14:54
We were delighted to have a visit today from world reknowned photojournalist Steve McCurry. Steve called into our Long Acre store this afternoon to sign copies of his latest book 'Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs'. Buy your signed copy today!
For the first time,we hear the stories behind over 200 images taken by McCurry over the past 30 years from across the globe.
In the finest documentary tradition, Steve McCurry Untold includes never before seen ephemera from McCurry's personal archive, including beautifully reproduced snapshots from assignments, notes, journals, portraits, maps and more. This is the most personal book that McCurry has ever published, and offers a unique insight into photojournalism sure to fascinate any aspiring or experienced photographer. More...
14. August 2013 09:30
Share your greatest adventure with us to be in with a chance to win 1 of 4 Stanfords vouchers for £50.
With 160 years of experience behind us we’ve seen some epic adventures start here at Stanfords. Great explorers like Ranulph Fiennes, Amy Johnson, David Livingstone, Michael Palin, Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton have started some of their most incredible journeys with a trip to our Long Acre store. We are proud to have supplied them with the maps they needed to make history but we’re equally delighted to have guided so many of our other customers around the globe many times over the past 160 years.More...
3. December 2012 09:30
He's trekked to the North and South Poles, traversed the Sahara Desert and climbed the Himalayas. But despite visiting all seven continents, there was one glaring omission on Michael Palin's visited-countries map: Brazil. So why had it slipped through the net for so long?
"I can't think how I managed to miss the fifth-biggest country in the world," Michael says, "and I wasn't really planning to do another series after New Europe. We'd done all seven continents and thought that was a fair place to stop. But then everybody started talking about Brazil, partly because the World Cup is going to be there in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, then there's the huge economic boom that has put its economy above the UK's."
Brazil was fast becoming one of the most talked-about countries in the world, but what provided the spark for the comedian-turned-explorer's latest trip, one that would inspire a book and a four-part BBC TV series? More...
9. October 2012 13:04
Four years ago, Alan Curr was a man on a mission. His goal? To play the world's highest ever game of cricket on the slopes of Mount Everest. A plan that started over a beer quickly turned into record-setting adventure...
In 2006, Alan Curr's friend Richard Kirtley completed the Everest Base Camp trek. Coming from a cricket family - his cousin played for England - he noticed a frozen lake bed during the climb and immediately visualised the world's highest game of cricket. On his return, he pitched his thoughts to Alan.
"I loved the idea, and by 2008 we had put it out More...
2. October 2012 14:25
Award-winning photographer and travel writer William Gray told an audience at Stanfords Covent Garden his 10 top tips for successfully photographing the Northern Lights, courtesy of Discover the World.
"The aurora borealis really is a celestial temptress - she might grace you with her presence for a few minutes or flaunt herself for hour after hour. The key to capturing her with your camera is to be prepared," William explained. More...
28. September 2012 12:36
The Columbian identity is a work in progress, with the nation's population unsure of how they should be perceived by the wider world.
This is according to Short Walks from Bogota: Journeys in the New Columbia author Tom Feiling, who delivered a talk at Stanfords on his recent trip to the South American country; the inspiration behind his latest work.
"There's an idea that no-one in Colombia wants to be Colombian," he told the audience, with the nation's middle classes looking towards the United States and its poorer population yearning "to be Mexican".
"Colombians still aren't fully aware of how to pitch themselves, particularly in relation to what their strengths are vis-a-vis the rest of the world." More...
22. March 2012 16:10
Paddy Dillon is one of Britain’s most prolific outdoor writers, with over 30 guidebooks to his name. He has walked and written about every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and has hiked all 19 National Trails at least twice. His latest book, The National Trails, has just been published.
Paddy visited our stores in Bristol and London to give a fascinating slideshow and talk on the trails. He stopped for a chat with our web editor Rachel Ricks, revealing an enviable life of country walking, sunny isles and the value of a dinky, now-extinct computer…
How did it all begin – did you like hiking when you were a child?
When I was a kid, my Mum and Dad were always keen on walks in the park on a Sunday, but I was always keen to have an ice cream, and More...
22. March 2012 15:35
Ward remained silent on the events of that race, telling no one what he had been through - not Hollywood when they came knocking or even his family. After 27 years, he was finally able to lay down his story in the visceral account, Left for Dead.
He came to Stanfords to sign copies of his book and we caught up with him to talk about his life before and after the incident.
Your father introduced you to the world of sailing as a child. Why did you then fall in love with it and did you know it would play such an important role in your life?
I had no choice really because in Hamble you either played hockey or you went sailing. I did both but sailing was the major sport of mine. More...
22. March 2012 14:49
Hilary Bradt has been globetrotting for over 40 years, hitchhiking in every decade of her life except the first. Thirty-three years ago she began producing guides to the farther corners of the earth – the first one was written over three days on a river barge floating down a tributary to the Amazon. Today, as Hilary embarks on retirement, Bradt Travel Guides has over 100 titles to its name and in many cases is still the only guidebook publisher to certain countries. She spoke to James Innes Williams about the journey so far.
When you first began travelling where did you go?
I suppose the first adventurous holidays were going to Greece when I was a student between 1960 and 1963 with someone called Brian Hughes. He used to commandeer a whole train going from London to Athens. Most Oxford students in the '60s went to Greece with him. More...
22. March 2012 14:30
James Innes Williams went to Marrakech in the company of Travellers’ Tales, the travel writing and photography training company. Exploring the souks of the medina and the vibrant Jemaa El Fna, they then travelled up and over the High Atlas, and made in roads to the desert, all the time practising their writing and photography techniques.
At the end of the week James caught up with the three tutors, Jon Lorie the director and ex-editor of Traveller magazine; distinguished travel and history writer Anthony Sattin and the force behind the BBC Unforgettable series, photographer Steve Watkins.
Here, in the second of a series of interviews he talks with Steve Watkins.
How did you get into travel photography and what was the motivation to do it? More...