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.






Better Read Than Dead, nestled in the heart of Newtown’s lively King Street, is one of Sydney’s most iconic and beloved independent bookshops — and Lonely Planet’s favourite Sydney bookshop. Better Read Than Dead has been an active member of Sydney’s literary community for over two decades, renowned for its enthusiastic support of authors and its keen engagement with wide-ranging literary events. 


Better Read Than Dead launched Better Read Tours in 2017. The acquisition of Bookshop Travel has led Better Read Literary Tours to combine Better Read Than Dead’s wealth of bookish knowledge with the expertise of this trusted educational tour company to provide our travellers with a programme of thoughtfully curated, fully escorted tours to the world’s most fascinating literary destinations. 


Our erudite local guides have been carefully chosen and provide inimitable insight into their region. There is no one better suited to walk alongside you as you explore these foreign shores and learn of the historical, cultural and political events that have shaped the world’s greatest and most influential writers. 


Better Read Tours also offers a range of international writing workshops which merge our unique, local-infused itineraries with the opportunity to work closely with an experienced Australian mentor. These workshops offer the perfect retreat from the day-to-day, whether you’re seeking to centre your creativity, find inspiration in a stunning new landscape, hone your writing practice or turn your focus on to a particular project.


We are running four international tours in 2021 and are working hard to create new and compelling travel opportunities for the following year. Be the first to learn of new tours by following us on social media and subscribing to our newsletter.




Live and Write In the Moment with Walter Mason


March 26 - April 4 2021


Learn how to seize the moment and liberate your creativity with this active 10-day tour and writing workshop.


World-renowned travel writer, writing mentor and South East Asia expert Walter Mason will guide you through the lush tropical heart of the Mekong Delta, 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.






Creative Writing with Kate Forsyth

The Cotswolds, England

Sunday 18 April - Monday 26 April 2021


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.






Memoir Writing with Patti Miller

Paris, France

June 10- 24 2021


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.






Russian Classics with Rosamund Bartlett


2021 Dates TBA


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.


We are currently finalising our itineraries and tour dates with Rosamund Bartlett for 2021. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to learn when this tour is launched! 





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.

Phone: +61 475 761 717


Better Read Tours Pty Ltd

265 King Street

Newtown NSW





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