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We are thrilled to announce an exciting enterprise — a program of literary-based tours, developed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of a specific literary genre.

  

Better Read Than Dead bookshop based in Newtown is one of Sydney’s most iconic and loved independent bookstores, and Lonely Planet’s favourite Sydney bookstore. With over 20 years of experience in the Australian market, Better Read Than Dead is an active member of the Australian literary community, known for its enthusiastic involvement with authors and engagement in and support of wide-ranging literary events. With this extensive literary and business background behind us, Better Read Tours is now offering an extension of reader immersion for book-lovers in the form of a fully escorted tour.

 

 

 

OUR TOURS

 

There is something truly magical about retracing the steps of some of the world’s most brilliant authors. Spoil yourself with a full immersion into a specific literary and historical period, whether it be an exploration of the French Siècle des Lumières (the Age of Enlightenment) of the 19th century, Dante’s Italy, Tolstoy’s Russia or the American Southern Gothic.

 

This unique chance to glimpse the genesis of some of the classics of our literary Canon and gain fresh perspectives into their world, is an opportunity that comes along too rarely. Better Read Tours affords its members the chance to pay homage to these writers and their works in a unique and intimate environment.

 

Join us for a unique tour that is carefully curated to include informative and insightful guided tours, unforgettable sightseeing, with local guides bringing their insider knowledge that money can't buy. Enjoy book clubs and memorable dining experiences, savourING fine cuisine in hand-picked restaurants as part of an itinerary that is infused with local knowledge and a perfect balance of activity and downtime. 

 

 

 

Live and Write In the Moment with Walter Mason

Vietnam

14-24 April 2019 

 

Learn how to seize the moment and liberate your creativity with this active 11-day tour and writing workshop.

 

World-renowned travel writer, writing mentor and South East Asia expert Walter Mason will guide you through the length of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Can Tho, sharing his local knowledge and wealth of literary, cultural and historical insights. His daily writing workshops, often held in offbeat, inspiring locations, will stretch your creative boundaries and energise your practice.

 

This is a unique opportunity to experience a transformative shift in your creative practice while immersed in stunning Vietnam.

 

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Literary Paris

Paris, France

12-21 May 2019

 

Paris boasts one of the richest literary histories in the world, and this ten-day tour offers an illuminating exploration of the living library that is the City of Lights.

 

Marvel at the city’s beauty and historical complexity like Victor Hugo, people-watch with the critical eye of Michel Houellebecq, engage in lively book debate like Rousseau and Voltaire, and indulge in fine food and wine, like a true Parisian.

 

Our French Better Read Tours team provide unrivalled insight into historic and contemporary Paris and will be on hand at all times to make your time in Paris a dream come true. 

 

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Creative Writing with Kate Forsyth

The Cotswolds, England

16-24 June 2019

 

Join internationally bestselling author Kate Forsyth for a week in Stratford-upon-Avon at a writing retreat designed to help you rediscover your creativity and joy in writing. 

 

Writers at any stage of their careers, from those who have always wanted to write but never found the time, as well as those who are deeply immersed in a creative project and want to take it to the next level, will benefit from Kate’s expert advice on all aspects of creative writing.

 

Let your imagination wander as you roam the glorious countryside of Oxford and the Cotswolds, a landscape that has inspired some of the world’s most beloved authors.

 

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Russian Classics with Rosamund Bartlett

Russia

6-17 September 2019

 

From Moscow to St Petersburg, retrace the footsteps of literary masters such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Nabokov and Pushkin, and immerse yourself within the legendary settings of their world-renowned novels. 

 

Rosamund Bartlett, a biographer and translator of Tolstoy and Chekhov, and the co-author of 'Literary Russia: A Guide,’ is perfectly poised to walk alongside you as you learn how politics, history and the arts intersect in Russian culture and witness how Russia's turbulent history has informed its present culture, all while enjoying the famous Golden autumn— the most colourful and outstanding season, and Pushkin's favourite time of year.

 

 

Memoir Writing with Patti Miller

Paris, France

16-31 October 2019

 

Develop your writing, forge new friendships and renew your creativity during the 15-day memoir intensive workshop in Paris led by Patti Miller.

 

Patti Miller is Australia’s most experienced and successful memoir writing mentor. Be one of only twelve people who experience this life-changing writing retreat. Awaken creativity and memory, explore structure and form, and spend two weeks immersed in truth, beauty, challenge and joy.

 

This is a journey of renewal and discovery for those who want to experience Paris not as tourists but from the inside, writing and living in this fascinating city.

 

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Booking

We hold regular information nights about upcoming tours at Better Read Than Dead bookshop in Newtown. There are no obligations when attending our information evenings, other than enjoying the complimentary wine and cheese provided! 

 

Booking enquiries can be made through our Better Read Tours website.

 

 

 

Contact Us

 

If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with our travel administrator Jenny.

 

tours@betterread.com.au

Phone: +61 475 761 717

 

Better Read Tours Pty Ltd

265 King Street

Newtown NSW

AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

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