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Hi everybody

The Times has launched its new green travel awards and two of the judges are Sawday’s people – Toby Sawday and Richard Hammond, the editor of Special Places to Stay: Green Places.

You are invited to nominate your favourite ‘green space’, whether it’s a hotel, cottage, park, restaurant, walk, or even a green taxi company. If it’s green and it’s a space, it can be nominated.

The judges will be looking at both the social and the environmental impact of each nominated ‘green space’. Suggestions about places in the UK are particularly welcomed, though the awards will also include some places in Europe and further afield.

And the first 20 nominations each month will receive a copy of Special Places to Stay: Green Places.

For more info, visit www.timesonline.co.uk/greenspaces

 

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Hello and firstly I just want to remind you all that Alastair will be making his final promotional appearance for Go Slow England next Tuesday (15 April) at Stanfords in London. Audiences at his Bristol and Bath appearances have really enjoyed meeting him and hearing him discuss all things slow so for those of you in and around London, please don’t miss out on this event.

You probably should book ahead so please click here for more details.

Devon – Monday 28 April

Alastair will be in Devon on Monday 28 April to speak at an event in Torquay followed by an event in Bovey Tracey. First he will be at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay to speak for half an hour about distinctive, green and slow holidays as part of the Keen To Be Green programme from 12:30pm – 4:15pm. Alastair will then head over to the Devon Guild Cafe in Bovey Tracey to present How to Choose a Green Holiday to Bovey Climate Action at 7:30pm. 

Both events are free but booking ahead is strongly recommended. Click the below links for more information:

Keen To Be Green (Torquay)

How to Choose a Green Holiday (Bovey Tracey)

Have a good weekend and note that there won’t be any blog entries next week until Thursday as most of us will be off at the London Book Fair.

Cheers, Thomas

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As promised last week here is a new set of sample pages from Go Slow England that have not previously been available anywhere else. So I hope you enjoy the Angel Inn in Yorkshire and remember that all previous sample pages can be found here.

Also, for those of you in London don’t forget Alastair’s appearance at Standfords next Tuesday. Click here for more details.

Cheers, Thomas

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Angel Inn 

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Hello everybody and I’m pleased to announce that the official publication date for Go Slow England is fast approaching (despite us managing to make it available a month ahead of schedule) and we’re anticipating a big media response.

The Guardian and The Observer

To kick things off The Guardian this Saturday and The Observer this Sunday will contain G2 sized supplements that both contain 10 of the special places featured in Go Slow England. So if you haven’t picked up a copy of the book yet grab these supplements over the weekend to get an idea of what you are missing out on!

Praise from Carl Honoré

Many of you interested in all things Slow will have heard about Carl Honoré as he is the author of In Praise of Slow, one of the first books to celebrate the Slow Movement. After Carl received a copy of Go Slow England, he wrote this back to us:

The book has just landed on my desk. Wow, it’s absolutely beautiful. I find myself gasping or nodding (or both) at whatever page I open to. Congratulations. This really is a triumph.

Considering Carl’s influence and stature in the Slow Movement, not to mention his passion for anything that promotes a better way of life, this is incredible praise that has left all of us at Sawday’s feeling very flattered!

Incidentally Carl’s book is well worth getting a hold of. It is available on Amazon UK, Amazon USA and Amazon Canada but Carl does request that you try to pick up a copy from a local independent bookshop if you can. Carl is also launching a new website soon, which will act as a hub for all the existing Slow related websites already out there. I’ll provide full details and links in this blog once it is all up and running.

Cheers, Thomas

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Hi everybody and I hope you had a wonderful and slow Easter.

I discovered the historical delights of Glastonbury and Salisbury for the first time, with a look in at Stonehenge – all by train and bus. I managed to constantly get myself caught in sudden snow storms where ice particles blew horizontally at face height rather than fall from the sky. I must admit though, it was very amusing coming down from the Glastonbury Tor on Friday to witness all the dogs and small children being literally blown off the path. It was also very funny at Stonehenge to witness all the people stand with their backs to the rocks who would briefly spin around to catch a look at the magnificent rocks before spinning around again to protect their faces from the shards of ice. I just fired my camera over my shoulder so I could look at the photos later. My wife had the better idea of us standing face-to-face so we could pivot on the spot and take turns peering over each others shoulder. It was actually all wonderful and what better way to appreciate such sites than to do so while caught in a furious tempest?

Before I sign off I’d like to give a special mention to the terrific B&B I stayed at while enjoying the delights of Salisbury. It is a Sawday’s place (of course!) named Bolhays, run by a pair of sisters who simply know their stuff when it comes to creating an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. Thank you Bar and Sue!

Cheers, Thomas

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Hi everybody. I can’t believe I have waited over a week to announce to you all that Sawday’s won an Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) award at a ceremony held at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on Saturday 8 March. We scooped the Environmental Award for our continuing contribution to greener publishing!

At the risk of shamelessly blowing our own trumpet, here’s what the IPG say about us winning the award:

With green issues currently at the forefront of publishers’ minds, Alastair Sawday Publishing was singled out in this category as a model for all independents to follow. Its efforts to reduce waste in its office and supply chain have reduced the company’s environmental impact, and it works closely with staff to identify more areas of improvement. “Here is a publisher who lives and breathes green,” said the panel of judges. “Alastair Sawday has all the right principles and is clearly committed to improving its practice further.”

And here’s Alastair’s response:

Winning this award gives us a terrific boost! I admire the IPG for having the foresight to create it, thus bringing the urgent need for environmental awareness to so many small publishing companies. And our staff have been hugely encouraged by the award to make further efforts. In fact they will be even more ready, now, to challenge me when I don’t come up to scratch. The die is now fully cast.

For more information about the other awards and nominations visit the The Independent Publishing Awards 2008 page on the IPG website.

In other news, Alastair will be doing Go Slow England presentations and book signings in Bristol and Bath next week. Check out the author tour dates pages for details. Alastair has also written a new post on his personal blog so head over there to have a look at what he has to say about the future of UK tourism.

Cheers, Thomas

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Hi everybody. Since Ludlow received the most votes in our poll on the best place to go slow in England and since I’m haven’t previously uploaded any sample pages from the region, I thought it was time to present you with Timberstone Bed & Breakfast in Shropshire.

This will be the last lot of sample pages that I upload for now as I’ve covered all the regions collected in Go Slow England. Remember that all previous samples can be found here.

Cheers, Thomas

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