TQT Events & Speaking

28th April: Full Circle Retreat Day – Creative Writing

Full Circle Retreats - Creative Writing

Whasdyke Farm near Ings in the Lake District

Sunday 28th April 10am – 4.30pm

Celebrate the lighter days and awakening of spring in all its glory. Join us on at Full Circle Retreats in the Lake District for a relaxing day of Meditating with Horses, Mindfulness, Yoga and Creative Writing.

Meditate with Horses at Full Circle Retreats

Spend the day in close proximity to the natural world and it’s this connection that will provide us with a sense of the escapism and relaxation. We’ll harness our heightened senses to really explore the written word and learn from the horses, who, often are an inspiration in literature to convey relationships and emotions. In the afternoon you’ll be guided by multi award winning Travel Blogger Zoe Dawes, founder of The Quirky Traveller to explore your creativity and learn new skills in the art of writing a 500 word piece capturing your retreat.

Full Circle Retreat Day: £165 including all activities, lunch and refreshments

More details and booking info Full Circle Retreats Day 28th April 

1st May: Travel Writing for Manchester Women Writers

Manchester City Library

Wednesday 1st May 11am – 1pm

Introduction to Travel Writing for Manchester Women Writers Group with tips, hints and practical activities to aid creativity and audience engagement. NB this is a private group. Contact Karen Regyn for more information

14th – 17th May: Travel Writing – Crafting Your Story

Higham Hall Travel Writing Residential Course 2019 - The Quirky Traveller

Higham Hall

Near Bassenthwaite in the Lakes, Cumbria

Tue 14th May 18:30 – Fri 17th May 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


Creative Blogging for Beginners

Higham Hall

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


A Taste of Greece with the REAL Mamma Mia

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

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) welcom


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 world
  • Quirky Tales of an Off-Comer: a personal view of the reality of country living
  • I left my brolly in Sarawak: my quirky travels in South East Asia
  • Top 10 Favourite Travel Experiences: from gorillas in Africa to Canadian road trip
  • 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.