I think I entered a British travel writing competition at the end of last year, (more as an exercise in the genre, rather than any hope of success,) which would explain why I received an email inviting me to a travel writers festival in London's Hyde Park on the 19th to 21st February (don't give you much time, eh? Not that I'm likely to be jetting over for it, with the car insurance due in March)
"Meet the world's greatest travel writers and photographers at the unique Travellers' Tales Festival in London this month.
A stellar line-up includes Jan Morris, Dervla Murphy, Don McCullin, Chris Stewart, Colin Prior, Frans Lanting, Beckwith and Fisher, Benedict Allen, Fergal Keane, Simon Reeve and travel editors from national newspapers and magazines.
The travel writing learning programme includes a masterclass workshop and chances to network with top professionals.
It's all set in the historic headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society, home of British exploration, an Edwardian mansion on Hyde Park."