The Walkley Foundation together with the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) present a public talk and discussion at the NSW State Library.
This special event explores travel writing in the age of Instagram, where travel writers have instantaneous audiences ready to envy their adventures. How is the landscape changing for their work, from glossy mags and newspaper liftouts, to blogs and digital? How do they balance expensive, luxury destinations with affordable options, while also considering the eco-footprint, social responsibility and differing needs of travellers? And how can you get started in the industry?
Join us as we bring together lucky travel junkies from all angles of the industry to discuss myths, practices and challenges of the changing travel media industry.
Free to attend, registration essential
Meet the speakers
Jayne Gorman is a travel blogger with 7 years experience and a handful of awards to her name. Having begun blogging as a hobby it went on to become her full time career after she was hired by Flight Centre UK to manage their content and social media strategy. Now focusing on personal projects, Jayne shares her thoughts on travel and social media with her 350k+ social media followers via her blog Girl Tweets World. Jayne also consults for travel brands and tourism boards on content strategy and is a freelance writer member of the Australian Society Of Travel Writers.
Ben Groundwater is an award-winning columnist and blogger, and is one of Australia's most widely read travel writers. He is a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, writes features for travel and inflight magazines and Lonely Planet publications, and is also the producer and co-star of the travel web series "Beauty and the Backpacker". Ben is the author of Five Ways to Carry a Goat, a travel memoir, and was named the ASTW's "Travel Writer of the Year" in 2015 and '14.
Kirrily Schwarz is the travel reporter for news.com.au, and she blogged her way into a job while backpacking around Europe. She has a double degree in Journalism and Law, won a Young Walkley award in 2014, and started her career answering 12:15am alarms to write news for Channel Nine's Today Show. She's lived in Alaska and Indonesia, and rates India as one of the most rewarding places she's been (so far).
Kirsten Galliott is the Editor-In-Chief of Qantas Media and is responsible for the Qantas magazine and all of its digital publications. A journalist for over 20 years, she has been the editor of InStyle and B for Pacific Magazines and Sunday Life and the(sydney)magazine for Fairfax Media. She has also been the fashion editor for Sunrise on the Seven Network, consulted to the SBS television program TwentyFourSeven for Hal McElroy Media and been a regular reviewer for The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Kirsten is an official ambassador for Dress for Success Sydney, a charity that promotes the economic empowerment of disadvantaged women.