More About the Author
Nicky Gardner is a writer and editor with a particular interest in slow travel. She co-authored a Manifesto for Slow Travel (see www.slowtraveleurope.eu) and writes mainly on cultures and communities across Europe - from pieces that delicately unpick aspects of everyday life in remote villages in the Balkans to articles that examine the nature of sacred spaces on Europe's Celtic fringe. Quite arty stuff, you might suppose, but Nicky has more prosaic interests too. For example, she is a keen advocate of public transport and you are much more likely to find her on a ferry, slow train or local bus than in an airport departure lounge. Yes, she takes slow travel seriously.
Since 2005, Nicky has been co-editor with Susanne Kries of hidden europe magazine (www.hiddeneurope.co.uk), and she has also worked with Susanne on a number of other major editing and writing projects - including three of the books shown here on www.amazon.co.uk (viz. Europe by Rail, Bus-Pass Britain and Bus Pass Britain Rides Again). The two women share a common interest in public transport issues. Indeed, Susanne and Nicky were described in the June 2011 issue of E&T Magazine (aka Engineering & Technology Magazine) as "the doyennes of European travel and the subtle connoisseurs of Europe's railways." That same article described the 2011 edition of Europe by Rail (by Nicky and Susanne) as "a sheer delight, an indispensable book for both real life and armchair travellers and a spectacular achievement, of which the likes of George Bradshaw and Thomas Cook would feel proud." You can find out more about that book at www.europebyrail.eu.
Nicky's writing has featured in media across Europe. She writes regularly for hidden europe of course, but beyond that you'll find nicely woven words by Nicky in such disparate sources as the Kyiv Post, the Barents Observer, CGA Magazine and Journeys Magazine. Nicky writes regularly for Russian Life magazine and was a columnist for the Brussels-based business mag E!Sharp (writing in every issue until it sadly ceased print publication in 2011). You'll find her byline in a number of British papers and magazines: from the political weekly New Statesman to the Independent and the Tyneside regional paper Sunday Sun.
Nicky's articles on European travel, cultural and politics are regularly translated into other languages. Over the last five years her work has appeared in Italian, German, Russian, Ukrainan, Polish, Basque and Spanish.
Updated 2 June 2014