Laurence Mitchell is a freelance travel writer and photographer. A passionate traveller all of his life, his travels have taken him far and wide: from Azerbaijan to Zemun, from St Austell to St Kilda. Thus far, he has visited around 100 countries worldwide. With an interest in walking, natural history, culture and environmental issues, he is interested in ‘travel’ in the broadest sense and believes that even well-known destinations often have hidden and less familiar faces to reveal. Laurence graduated with a B.Sc Hons in Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia in the early 1980s before going to live and work in rural Sudan as a teacher of English. In 1988 he completed a post-graduate teaching certificate course at the University of Sheffield and became a full-time secondary school teacher of geography for the next decade or so. He finally left the security of full-time teaching almost a decade ago to embrace the uncertainty and excitement of freelance travel journalism. As well as the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, Laurence is also a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers. He lives in Norwich.
Independent travel, slow travel, hiking, ancient trails, long-distance footpaths, natural history, landscape archaeology and environmental issues. World music, folk and jazz. Keen interest in all aspects of geography – human, physical and political – especially countries in transition, border zones and notions of ‘a sense of place’. Main countries and regions of interest:; UK (Norfolk and Suffolk especially, also Scotland), Balkans (especially Serbia), Caucasus (especially Georgia), Central Asia (especially Kyrgyzstan), India, Turkey, island communities.
Travel writer and photographer; http://www.laurencemitchell.com; Stock photography sold through personal website and Photographers Direct: http://www.photographersdirect.com. Freelance travel writer. Outdoor writer. Photographer. Guidebook writer. Available for written and photographic commissions, talks and lectures. Author of guidebooks to Serbia, Belgrade, Kyrgyzstan, Norfolk & Suffolk. Laurence has also contributed to books on the Middle East, Northeast India and Central Asia, and written about bus travel in the UK. His latest book is Slow Norfolk (Bradt). Has written features for publications as wide-ranging as Geographical, Heritage, Walk, Discovery Channel Magazine, Discover Britain, JetWings, Discover India, Serendib, Wizz, Scottish Memories, Real Travel, Russian Life, Odyssey, Church Times and Sunday Times. As well as writing about travel-related topics he also writes regular world music reviews for Perceptive Travel webzine (www.perceptivetravel.com) and posts regularly on his own blog, East of Elveden (http://eastofelveden.wordpress.com).
As author/photographer: Slow Norfolk & Suffolk (Bradt/Alastair Sawday’s, 2010), Bradt Serbia (4th edition, 2013), Bradt Kyrgyzstan (2nd edition, 2011), Suffolk Coast and Heath Walks (Cicerone, 2012), Walking in Norfolk (Cicerone, 2013), Slow Travel Norfolk (Bradt, 2014) and Slow Travel Suffolk (Bradt, 2014). As contributor: A Moveable Feast (Lonely Planet, 2010), Bus-Pass Britain: 50 of the Nation’s Favourite Bus Journeys (Bradt, 2011), Bus-Pass Britain Rides Again (Bradt, 2013)Georgia (Bradt, 2011) – updater, 50 Walks in Norfolk (AA, 2013) – updater. In preparation: Bradt Kyrgyzstan (3rd edition, 2015). Recent magazine articles: Alhama de Granada (hidden europe, winter 2013/2014), Journey to Oni (hidden europe, summer 2013), Hunting with Humpbacks (Wild Travel, June 2013), Scratching the Earth (Earthlines, November 2012), Sailing to the Big Island, Mingulay (hidden europe, spring 2012), Islands of Exile (hidden europe, summer 2012), Ukraine’s Bukovina Region (hidden europe, winter 2011), Ten Degrees of Latitude (Odyssey magazine, autumn/winter 2011), A Voyage Around Our Beautiful Islands (Sunday Times supplement, October 2011), Broad Appeal (Discover Britain, September 2011), Conflict in the Caucasus (Russian Life, July/August 2011), Where Cultures Meet: Kazan (hidden europe, summer 2011), Down by the Water: Dhaka (May 2011, Serendib), Istanbul Treasures (January 2011, Wizz), Where Empires Meet: Zemun, Serbia (hidden europe, November 2010), By the Shores of Issyk-Kul (Russian Life, September/October 2010), Lost Ports and Secret Sands (Heritage, May 2010), Heavenly Visions: The Painted Monasteries of Southern Bukovina (hidden europe, April 2010), Crete: The Landscapes of Lasithi (hidden europe, November 2009), The Janapar Trail (Walk, summer 2009), Living Bridges (Discovery Channel Magazine, August 2009), The View from the Fortress: Akhaltsikhe, Georgia (hidden europe, July 2009), Bridge Over Monsoon Waters (Geographical, March 2009), Reading the Stones in Famagusta, North Cyprus (hidden europe, March 2009). Writing for the web: Regular world music reviews for Perceptive Travel; Updates for Serbia, Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Hungary country guides, Belgrade, Moscow, Kiev and Istanbul city guides, Cochin and Mumbai cruise guides (Columbus World Travel Guides); Eastern European Hotspots (feature for World Travel Guide, June 2010); Destination guides to Baku, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan (Bmi); Lviv at First Sight (vtravelled, Virgin Atlantic). Also writing on long-distance walks for Norfolk County Council’s Norfolk Trails interactive website.
2010 – shortlisted for EDP East Anglia Book Award
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Travel writer and photographer
UK (Norfolk and Suffolk especially, also Scotland), Balkans (especially Serbia), Caucasus (especially Georgia), Central Asia (especially Kyrgyzstan), India, Turkey, island communities.