TQT Events & Speaking

October 8 2019: A Taste of Greece with the REAL Mamma Mia

The Quirky Traveller - A Taste of Greece with the Real Mamma Mia

Carnforth Townswomen’s Guild

Tuesday October 8th at 7.30pm County Hotel Carnforth.

Telling tales of my rackety life living in Athens in the 1980s. I gave up my job, my boyfirend and my house to work in Greece as an English Teacher. There I discovered enduring friendship, had some amorous adventures and lived the life of the REAL Mamma Mia …Members and friends welcome


Septemmber 2019 – Creative Blogging for Beginners

Higham Hall Study Break

Near Bassenthwaite in the Lakes, Cumbria

Sun 22 September 18:30 – Tue 24 September 13:30

*NEW* Get to grips with the nuts and bolts of blogging, learn how to set up a blog, do a bit of content creation and find out how to use Social Media to promote your words of wisdom. Practical demos with time for practice and an expert on hand to guide you. Bring your laptop or tablet and use our WiFi.


Zoë will be using a WordPress Blog to demonstrate. No experience necessary but you do need to already have a name for your blog and your own laptop.

TUTOR: Zoë Dawes (S.Cumbria www.highamhall.com/zoe-dawes)

Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

February 2020 : Travel Writing – Crafting Your Story

Higham Hall Study Break

Near Bassenthwaite in the Lakes, Cumbria

Tuesday February 25, 18:30 to Friday February 28, 13:30 

A 4-day course (residential or non-residential) to develop your travel writing skills in Higham Hall. The north’s leading residential college for adults, Higham Hall is set in the beautiful North Lakes National Park. Day and multi-day courses and lectures to interest everyone.

Explore what makes good travel writing. Transform holiday jottings, make the most of a journal. Write compelling articles to inspire or start a travel blog. Learn how to create the Circle of Attention, write a gripping opener, identify your writing voice, understand dialogue, use the senses to create atmosphere and much more.

There will lots of opportunities to practice your writing and get feedback from the tutor and fellow participants. Weather-permitting, you’ll be going out in the grounds of Higham Hall and possibly further afield to get inspiration from your surroundings. There will also be a HALF-DAY EXCURSION included.

Experience unnecessary – just love travel and be ready to try something new.

TUTOR: Zoe Dawes aka The Quirky Traveller

Residential: £338 Non-residential: £239

More details about Higham Hall, the Course, and Booking Information here


Lune Valley WI – Casterton Village Hall May 20th

From Hong Kong to Ecuador, via Canada, Sweden, Australia and many more places, join me on a quirky journey of food and drink around the world. I share stories of most memorable meals, delightful dishes, disgusting food and creative cocktails in some unusual and some familiar places.

For WI members and their visitors.


The Quirky Traveller Talks

Popular Presentations include:

  • The Quirky Traveller Tale: the roller-coaster journey to becoming a travel writer
  • A Taste of Greece with The Real Mama Mia: my rackety life in Athens
  • A Food Odyssey around the World: stories of foodie adventures at home and abraod
  • Sweet & Sour in Hong Kong: coming of age in a very different worl
  • I left my brolly in Sarawak: my quirky travels in South East Asia
  • Travels around the world in Mind, Body and Spirit: places that evoke an extra-special FEELING for all the senses.
  • Top 10 Favourite Travel Experiences: favourite experiences from gorillas in Africa to swimming with sea lions in Galapagos
  • Travel Writing is Good For You – the ‘Feel Good’ Factor of sharing travel stories

If you’d like me to give a talk to your group, conference, meeting or event,  Contact Zoë  to find out more.