Travis Elborough

Agent: Nicola Barr

Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for more than a decade now. His books include THE BUS WE LOVED, a history of the Routemaster bus; THE LONG PLAYER GOODBYE, a hymn to vinyl records; WISH YOU WERE HERE, a survey of the British beside the seaside and; LONDON BRIDGE IN AMERICA, the story of the sale of the world’s largest antique. A WALK IN THE PARK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A PEOPLE’S INSTITUTION was published by Jonathan Cape in June 2016.

Elborough is a regular contributor to the Observer and the Guardian but has written for the Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, the Oldie, TATE etc., BBC History magazine and Kinfolk among others and frequently appears on BBC Radio 4 and Five Live. He has survived interviewing the former (and notoriously bibulous) Dr Who Tom Baker in a pub, lectured on ‘retro’ culture and appeared at various literary and music festivals, including Latitude and Green Man, and on a panel discussing Hedonism at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London with a burlesque dancer and the late artist dandy Sebastian Horsley. Throughout August 2011, he was the guest historian on Russell Kane’s Whistle-Stop Tour, a six-part series for BBC Radio 2.

His essay on ‘Gonzo’ journalism graces the current British edition of Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He has contributed interviews with J.G. Ballard to the 2006 editions of ‘The Drowned World’, and ‘Empire of the Sun’. His liner notes can be found on the rear sleeve of 2012’s ‘Words and Music by Saint Etienne’.

With Bob Stanley from Saint Etienne, he also co-wrote the script for How We Used To Live, a BFI archive film directed by Paul Kelly, and premiered at the 2013 London Film Festival. In November 2013, Elborough was writer in residence at the Vision Apartment complex in Berlin. Along with novelists Syd Moore and Cathi Unsworth, he co-curated Dragnet, a day of noir-inspired events featuring Iain Sinclair, as part of Metal’s Village Green Festival in Chalkwell Park, Southend on 12 July 2014. Travis Elborough was the Chisendale Gallery Victoria Park Residency artist for 2014-15.


Travis Elborough has also lectured on creative and critical writing at the Arvon Foundation at The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank and the Royal College of Art in London.
He is available for freelance writing and other commissions and public events.
His clients have included the University of the Third Age, the staff and curators at the London Transport Museum, the Museum of London and the National Army Museum, and the publishers HarperCollins and Pan Macmillan, BBC4 and BBC Online.

Books by Travis Elborough