Stanfords is a proud supporter of Explorers against Extinction, an exciting initiative highlighting the plight faced by some of Africa’s most iconic species. One of the conservation partners are Animals saving Animals, run by Daryll Pleasants who is talking to Paul Blezard about this UK project that is making a real difference in the fight against the ivory and rhino horn trades by using some of the best tracking dogs in the world and training them to work in the African bush seeking out poachers. Read More Explorers Against Extinction: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
Join Mark Brownlow, author & producer of Blue Planet II as he talks to Julia Wheeler about the Blue Planet II book and BBC TV series. Hear about how they brought to life the different habitats of the oceanic world. This talk features breath-taking stills and photographs from the BBC Natural History Unit’s spectacular footage. The science and technology behind the making of the programme is explained together with how the team captured these amazing adventures – many of them filmed for the first time. Read More Blue Planet II: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
Water, water, everywhere. 2017 has been awash with books about people connecting with nature and finding peace through swimming. With open water swimming on the rise, Jenny Landreth and Joe Minihane talk to Phoebe Smith about why they are so passionate about swimming and they share their best spots for swimming in the UK. Read More Wild Swimming: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2015
You may not be surprised to learn that during the Cold War the Soviet Union gathered information about the West. But you may be astonished to discover just how much they knew about your town, your street, even your house. John Davies and Alexander Kent, authors of The Red Atlas tell the story of the world’s most comprehensive mapping endeavour and, arguably, the world’s most intriguing maps. Read More How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
Rick Stein talks to Julia Wheeler about some of the places he has been in the world that have inspired him to experiment with new dishes and ingredients. He also talks about his new book ‘The Road to Mexico’ where he brings his unrivalled enthusiasm and trusted expertise to the fresh, flavourful food of Mexico and California. Read More Rick Stein: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
Is it more about the journey than the destination? Christopher Somerville, Anna Hughes and Nick Hunt talk to Adrian Bradt about the idea that travelling slowly by walking or cycling opens your eyes to a much wider journey. Between them they have travelled thousands of miles by such means and have a wealth of experience to share. Read More The Joy of Travelling Slowly: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
As Jules Mountain reached Everest Base Camp in April 2015, the giant earthquake in Nepal set off an avalanche that will kill 21. Hear him talking to Paul Blezard about his account of the deadliest day in history on the world’s most iconic mountain. Read More Jules Mountain: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
For 250,000 years humans have been firmly rooted to the Earth, but what if you want to get off? Leading space broadcaster Dallas Campbell uses his own vast experience to offer some advice that will help you leave planet earth.
Back for the 2nd time at the 2018 Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, Presenter and author Julia Bradbury talks to Julia Wheeler about how important access to the great outdoors is to life, whether you are a keen hill walker or a Sunday stroller, however fit or unfit, with equal opportunities for all. Read More Julia Bradbury: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018 (Saturday 3rd February)
Kicking off day three of the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, Leon McCarron talks to Paul Blezard about his latest book The Land Beyond.
There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it. McCarron followed a series of wild hiking trails that trace ancient trading and pilgrimage routes and traverse some of the most contested landscapes in the world.