Centre for Travel Writing Studies

  • Unit(s) of assessment: D29 - English Language and Literature
  • School: School of Arts and Humanities


The Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS), which was established in 2002, exists to facilitate, promote and disseminate scholarly research on travel writing and its contexts, without restriction of period, locus, or type of travel writing.

About the centre

We define travel writing broadly, although with the understanding that it relates to real journeys undertaken by the authors themselves, and we encourage multi and cross-disciplinary approaches to it. The Centre, which has strong international links, arranges talks and readings by visiting speakers and organises seminars and conferences. The Centre welcomes applications from students wishing to work on travel at master's or doctoral level.

Research and postgraduate study

Besides supervising a broad range of critical studies, members of the CTWS also co-supervise with our creative writing colleagues poetry and prose narratives on themes of travel, place and borders. We welcome inquiries from prospective applicants.

Further information

Further information about the Centre and its activities can be found on the CTWS website.

For the latest CTWS updates, follow us on Twitter @CTWSatNTU.

Related staff

View further details about members of the centre.

Partners and funding

Members of the Centre work in collaboration with external organisations. Past and present collaborations include the BBC, Bromley House Library, Coventry Transport Museum, the Hakluyt Society, the Joseph Banks Society, Lincoln Museum and Art Gallery, the National Maritime Museum and Nottingham Contemporary. Its activities have been funded by, among others, the AHRC, the British Academy, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Leverhulme Trust.


The international, refereed journal Studies in Travel Writing (Taylor and Francis), is edited by Professor Youngs, Director of the Centre.

Key books include:

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