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Gillian Thornton
TRAVEL WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER







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Writing was only ever meant to be a hobby, but after more than 35 years as a busy freelance, I regard my unexpected career as a very happy accident indeed. After training as a bilingual PA at the Institut Français in London, I worked for a variety of multinational companies whilst writing – and selling - articles in my spare time.

So when I was unexpectedly made redundant in 1980, I took the plunge and went freelance. Soon I was writing regularly for women’s magazines - general features, celebrity interviews, parenting articles and occasional travel pieces – as well as for regional publications and corporate clients.

In 1998, a couple of chance conversations led me into travel writing full-time and now I’ve come full circle back to my French roots. Today I’m an established specialist in France, travelling regularly to all corners of the country, whilst also writing widely on the UK, Europe and Canada.

I’m a regular contributor of features and digital images to specialist travel magazines, general interest publications and women’s titles, as well as contributing every month to award-winning travel website silvertraveladvisor.com, and undertaking copywriting for tourist brochures – see Markets. I love a new challenge and my diary is full of them.

 


 

SPECIALITIES

I’m widely known as a specialist in France but also write extensively about UK destinations and days out, European city breaks, over-50s’ holidays, and hotels. Particular interests include history and heritage, walking holidays and soft adventure, nature and wildlife. My French is fluent and I have rusty Italian A-level and even rustier German O-level. I’m a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, serving on the Board in both 2016 and 2017.

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MARKETS

I write travel and general interest features for a variety of UK magazines, most of them 800-1200 words long and illustrated with my own digital pictures.

These appear regularly in special travel magazines such as France Today, Voyage (Brittany Ferries onboard), and Good Times (Condor Ferries onboard), as well as national women’s magazines such as Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own, The People’s Friend and My Weekly. I am a Silver Tier writer for over-50s travel review website www.silvertraveladvisor.com.

I also write English-language brochures and website copy for French tourist boards, and offer a translation service from French to English.

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BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Every trip delivers something good, but highlights for me have included watching brown bears in the forests of northern Finland and whales in the north Atlantic, seeing the French Alps from a paraglider and the Pyrenees from a hot air balloon. I’ve ridden over the lava fields of Iceland on a horse with five-speed gearbox and through lagoons dotted with flamingos in the Camargue. And whilst I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy luxury hotels and relaxing spas, some of my most enjoyable evenings have been spent in character B&Bs.

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PICTURES

I take high resolution digital images to accompany my features. Several shots have been used as double page spreads and cover shots.


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AWARDS

I am an honorary Chevalier de la Commanderie du Saulte Bouchon Champenois– the Champagne brotherhood of Aube-en-Champagne.

In 2011, I was Runner-Up in ABTOF's Best Online Article with a piece entitled 'Ten of the Best - Beautiful French Villages' that appeared on thetraveleditor.com (now closed). I was Runner-Up again in 2013 with ‘Top Ten French Underground Experiences’ which appeared on www.silvertraveladvisor.com. And in 2017 I was shortlisted in the French Travel Media Awards, Cultural category, for an article about Fontevraud Abbey that appeared in Voyage magazine.

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TO CONTACT ME

Contact me by email or by telephone on 00 44 (0)1582 468771 or mobile 00 44 (0)7831 275889.
Follow me on Twitter.

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BY GILLIAN THORNTON -
EXAMPLES OF PUBLISHED WORK

Tales from the Crypt – Voyage magazine (Brittany Ferries onboard)

Bordeaux – Woman’s Weekly

Chateau de Cande – France Today

Newmarket – The People’s Friend

Happy Birthday Canada – My Weekly

New Cave-painting Centre, Lascaux - Silver Travel Advisor

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Gillian Thornton
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