In London with no firm plans for the weekend? If you’re keen on travel and travel writing, you might enjoy the first Travel Festival at Kings Place, the arts centre near King’s Cross, which opens tomorrow.
A Saturday evening session with Michael Palin, there to plug his new novel The Truth, is sold out, but there are still tickets for others on subjects from mapping and blogging to Gulliver’s Travels (as updated by the cartoonist Martin Rowson) and the live and loves of Debussy. The last, a collaboration between the pianist Lucy Parham and the actor Henry Goodman, follows the composer’s journeying from France to Scotland, Japan and the United States. Other contributors include staff from The Guardian’s travel desk (their office is next door to Kings Place) and writers whose names appear regularly in Telegraph Travel, including Sarah Wheeler, Andrew Martin, Jeremy Seal and Hugh Thomson. A teach-in on curries of the world, which I mentioned in an early tweet, has been cancelled, but the wine-tasting is still on.