FROM July 2014, a series of day trips and overnight stays in partnership with Cambria Literary Tours will whisk readers away to some of the UK’s greatest literary locations.
They include: Haworth, the home of the Brontë family; Shakespeare’s Stratford; the village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for much of his life; and various locations in South Wales where Dylan Thomas worked and wrote. With experienced tour guides leading intimate groups of 25, these short breaks will suit all ages and all levels of fitness. A list of suggested reading will be provided for each tour and each tour participant will receive a 30% discount voucher valid for a purchase within any Foyles store.
In January 2015, award-winning novelist and broadcaster Marcel Theroux will lead a once-in-a-lifetime passage to India, the first excursion for Foyles Literary Tours International in partnership with escorted tours specialist Arblaster & Clarke. During the 13-day VIP voyage, adventurous readers will experience the world-renowned Jaipur Literary Festival, with exclusive access to author parties. The group will also delve deeper into the life and history of the region with a guided tour of the ‘Pink City’ and an elephant-back ride to the deserted city of Amber and the Amber Fort. During the tour, Marcel will be on hand to talk about his own experience of writing, as well as leading discussions around Festival events, hosting a tailored tour book club and conducting creative writing workshops in a the peaceful and regal surroundings of a 475-year-old palace.
Ever the entrepreneurial business, Foyles first launched a travel bureau in the 1950s, a time during which it had so many overseas customers that it began its own Philately Department to resell the rare stamps from all the letters that it received.
Christopher Foyle, Chairman of Foyles bookshops and a member of the Explorers Club, comments:
“Travel writing is one of the oldest forms of literature, and many a reader has dreamed of visiting the places about which they have read in their favourite books. Now, we are offering our customers the opportunity to make literary pilgrimages in the company of experienced tour guides and renowned writers, who will provide expert knowledge and insightful discussion along the way.”
Foyles is moving its flagship bookshop two doors down Charing Cross Road into the former home of Central Saint Martins, redesigned by architects Lifshutz Davidson Sandilands as ‘a bookshop for the 21st century’. As part of the Foyles Grand Opening Festival, on Wednesday 11 June Michael Palin will be in conversation with Marcel Theroux to open the travel department, full of maps and guides to anywhere on Earth, alongside accounts of intrepid exploration
For more information please visit: www.foyles.co.uk