Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year

Read all three finalists' stories on the theme 'A Brief Encounter':

Dom Tulett

Dom Tulett lives with his family in Harpenden. On his daily commute to London he writes stories for his daughter about the places to which he's travelled. One of these stories, My Daughter’s Laugh, has been selected for inclusion in Roam Alone: Inspiring Tales by Reluctant Solo Travellers, a travel anthology to be published by Bradt Travel Guides in April 2017. Alongside these, he is working on a novel set during the final months of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

The winning prize includes a holiday for two to Uganda provided by Travel Local, a

commission to write about the trip for the Bradt

Travel Guides website, and a place on the Bradt

Travel Writing Seminar (run in conjunction with

Travellers’ Tales, the UK’s leading training agency

for aspiring travel writers).

Sophy Downes

Sophy Downes is a classical archaeologist who works on ancient Greek and Persian

architecture. She has held fellowships in Tehran, Athens, and Berlin, has taught at University College London, Edinburgh, and the American University in Rome, and has degrees from Oxford (MA), Cambridge (MPhil), and UCL (PhD). She lives in Rome, where she drinks caffè corretto and admires Borromini churches by day and is writing

a book, The Aesthetics of Empire in Athens and Persia, by night.

Suchita Shah 

Suchita is a GP who lives in Oxford. Her work in public health and medical education

has taken her to a number of countries, from where she has blogged about a range of health and development issues; however, she also enjoys travelling for leisure, and this is her very first foray into travel writing. Suchita is an avid reader and award-winning photographer who takes inspiration from her East African and Indian roots. She loves to write, and hopes to expand her portfolio to include more creative non-fiction and short stories.