Journalist named year’s travel writer

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Tamahere journalist Venetia Sherson has been named Travel Writer of the Year in the annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards.

Multi-award winning Sherson, a former Waikato Times editor, won for her story Counting Sheep, published in NZ Life and Leisure magazine.

Venetia Sherson pictured in the Life & Leisure story that won her travel writer of the year.
Venetia Sherson pictured in the Life & Leisure story that won her travel writer of the year.

Judge Sarah Burrell, from London, described Sherson as “a writer in possession of that rare talent: a distinctive style.”

“Venetia Sherson is blessed not only with a strong voice, but also a lightness of touch that shows clear confidence as a writer,” Burrell said.

“The journey she has made has been done by thousands before her, but she recounts it with a fresh, down-to-earth insight that allows the reader to become completely immersed in a wild, remote travel experience.”

The Newell Rd resident’s prize is double tickets to Zurich.

In Counting Sheep she described a three-day walking trip in the highlands of Italy following a flock on its centuries-old seasonal migration.

Read the story: Counting Sheep

Earlier travel stories: Milford track, a sensory challenge

Delving into Italy’s wild heart

Tough assignment in Tuscany

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