Travel Writing & Popular Projects

In addition to his scholarly work, Brian Catlos is also a free-lance travel writer and historical consultant, based near Boulder CO and in Barcelona, Spain. For 17 years he juggled university and travel over five continents , working - among other things - as a motorbike courier in London, a hotel and coffee-shop runner in Amsterdam, a tree-planter in Northern Canada and a bicycle and walking tour guide in Spain. He worked and studied in Canada, Syria, Israel, and Ecuador and has travelled extenslively in Europe, the Americas, North Africa and the Middle East and South and East Asia.

He regularly publishes revised editions of The Rough Guide to Lanuedoc & Roussillon, and contributes chapters and updates for other guidebooks. He provides historical consulting for book and film projects and enjoys giving historical presentations on the history of Islam, Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations, and the history of the Crusades, and medieval Spain, Europe and the Middle East to popular audiences.


Rough Guides

Literary Representation


Book Title

The Rough Guide to Langudoc & Roussillon (London, 2010)

The completely reivsed 4th edition of this critically-acclaimed guide book, features detailed information on sites, rich cultural and historical information, and up-to-date and critical reviews of restaurants and accommodation.


  • Languedoc & Roussillon fully-revised 4th edition (London: Rough Guides, 2010).
  • Languedoc & Roussillon fully-revised 3rd edition (London: Rough Guides, 2007).
  • Art Shop Eat Barcelona co-author with Annie Bennet (London: A.C. Black, 2004 ).
  • Languedoc & Roussillon fully-revised 2nd edition (London: Rough Guides, 2004).
  • Barcelona author of fully-revised 5th edition (London: Rough Guides, 2001) [credited to Jules Brown].
  • Languedoc & Roussillon (London: Rough Guides, 2000) 2nd printing May 2002.


Selected Book Chapters, Articles, Consulting...

  • Chapters 11 & 12, revisions for France 12th edition (London: Rough Guides, 2011), pp. 667–756.
  • historical consultant for “Pedro’s Choice,” in Rona Arato, On a Medieval Day (Owlkids, 2010)
  • "Les Terres Catares" (Las rutas de Jaume I)," a serialized supplement of Els Temps (October, 2008), fac. 15. •
  • "De Girona al Canigó (Las rutas de Jaume I)," Els Temps (Octobe, 2008), fac. 12.
  • Chapters 11 & 12, revisions for France 11th edition (London: Rough Guides, 2008).
  • Chapter 11, revisions for France 10th edition (London: Rough Guides, 2007), pp. 839–98.
  • Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain: television documentary (PBS, 2007), Unity Productions Foundation: on-screen interviews and Creative Consultant
  • Chapters 10–12, revisions for France 9th edition (London: Rough Guides, 2005), pp. 865-982.
  • Chapters 10–12, revisions for France 8th edition (London: Rough Guides, 2003).
  • "Barcelona," "Valencia and Murcia" revisions in Spain 10th ed. (London: Rough Guides, 2003).
  • "Spain" revision for Europe (London & NY: Rough Guides, 2002).
  • Chapters 1–3, revisions for Pyrenees 4th ed. (London: Rough Guides, 2001).
  • "Introduction," "Contexts" and Chapters 10, 11, 13–15, revisions France 7th ed. (London: Rough Guides, 2001).
  • “Quick Guide to Barcelona” The Independent on Sunday (UK), 4 March.
  • "Barcelona," "Spanish Painting," and "Spanish Cinema" revisions Spain 9th ed. (London: Rough Guides, 2001).