ASTW Member Wins at British Guild of Travel Writers’ Awards

ASTW Member wins at British Guild of Travel Writers’ Awards

Penny Watson, a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers, has won the British Guild of Travel Writers’ Kenneth Westcott Jones Memorial Award for Best Transport Feature for her Meals on Wheels story, which was published in Australia’s Sun Herald newspaper and online at Fairfax’s Traveller.

The award, sponsored by Jules Verne, was presented at the Guild’s gala annual November 5 Awards Dinner in London’s Savoy Hotel. Attended by more than 300 top travel industry and media representatives, the dinner was sponsored by the Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau and preceded by a Champagne Reception featuring tea-based cocktails prepared by the Dilmah Tea Company‘s mixologists, Sri Lankan beer, and Arrack-based cocktails.

Melbourne-based Watson said she was thrilled to be recognised at such a prestigious awards ceremony. “I’m touched and humbled by this award. It’s such a big accolade, especially given Britain’s high regard for and history of quality travel writing and travel writers,” she said.

Highly Commended in this category were Londoner Paul Wade, for The Curious Story of the World’s First Bicycle, published in the Sunday Telegraph, and Ben Lerwill, for The Balkan Express: from Belgrade to Bar by Railway, published in London’s Observer Magazine.

The Kenneth Westcott Jones Memorial Award was one of nine presented on the night. The winners, all Guild members, were selected by an outside-the-Guild jury for their anonymously presented work.

Founded 55 years ago, the Guild consists of professional travel writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters and bloggers. Members of the BGTW provide stories and images for a huge variety of publications and organisations not only in the UK and Ireland but also in other parts of the world.

Watson has been both a Guild member and an ASTW member for more than 10 years and is currently an ASTW committee representative.

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The ASTW is a 300-strong group of travel writers, editors, radio and television broadcasters, bloggers, guide book authors and photographers (as well as travel industry public relations and marketing professionals) whose work appears regularly in major newspapers, magazines, airwaves and websites across Australia and the world. All ASTW members must satisfy strict criteria to join and are obligated to substantiate their membership annually by providing details of their published output or industry participation.