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Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS)

Unit(s) of assessment: 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.Centre members also produce travel-themed creative work, with a particular emphasis on poetic journeys.

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, including comparison with fictional journeys. 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 undertake critical or creative-based work on travel at master's or doctoral level.

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.

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,
  • Hakluyt Society,
  • Joseph Banks Society,
  • Lincoln Museum and Art Gallery,
  • National Maritime Museum,
  • Nottingham Contemporary,
  • Romanian Cultural Institute, London.

Its activities have been funded by, among others;

  • AHRC,
  • British Academy,
  • Heritage Lottery Fund,
  • Leverhulme Trust.

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.

PhD Studentships

We’re offering fully-funded PhD studentships aligned with our research centres for UK, EU or International students. Find out more about our PhD studentships.


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

Key books include: