The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. In his book Islanders, Patrick Barkham explored some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles. Meeting all kinds of islanders, he discovered what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander. Read More Patrick Barkham: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
Drawing on her vast wealth of survival experiences around the world Megan Hine talks to Julia Wheeler at the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival about her book Mind of a Survivor. Read More Megan Hine: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
Tim Moore tackled the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. Talking to Paul Blezard, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream, and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse – at a time of ratcheting East-West tension. After three months, 20 countries and a 58-degree jaunt up the centigrade scale, man and bike finally wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older and wiser, but mainly older. Read More Tim Moore: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
As more and more people choose to venture far and wide on their own, our panel of experts, Hilary Bradt, Lloyd Figgins and Phoebe Smith talk to Julia Wheeler about how this is in fact a more advantageous way to travel. They also look at the logistical details of how you can stay safe and prepare. You may never want to travel with company again.
The editors of the award winning The Sunday Times Travel Magazine talk to Hilary Bradt about their favourite destinations including some well-known and others under-the-radar. They also share some of their secrets for how to do those places cheaper, quieter and smarter than the average holiday-maker. Read More 200 Amazing Places: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
In February 2016, motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman suffered a major road traffic accident in Portugal. Having spent the better part of his life on some form of motorbike, his world came crashing down and it was unclear if he would ever walk properly again, let alone ride a motorbike. Here, Charley talks to Paul Belzard about his latest book Long Way Back, recounts his adventures and shares his journey back to recovery. Read More Charley Boorman: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent talks to Julia Wheeler about her latest book Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains.
A mountainous state clinging to the far north-eastern corner of India, Arunachal Pradesh is one of the world’s least explored places. Travelling some 2,000 miles, Antonia encounters shamans, lamas, hunters, opium farmers, fantastic tribal festivals and little-known stories from the Second World War. In the process, she discovers a world and a way of living that are on the cusp of changing forever. Read More Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
Mark Beaumont talks to Tobias Mews about his most incredible endurance test to date. On the 18th September 2017 Mark circumnavigating the globe in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes, travelling 18 032 miles through 16 countries and breaking 2 official Guinness World Records. No stranger to epic cycle rides, he has written books about his previous solo expeditions and shares his experiences with us on the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival stage. Read More Mark Beaumont: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018
Presenter and author Julia Bradbury talks to Julia Wheeler about her life, work, writing and walking. Julia tells us how important access to the great outdoors is, whether you are a keen hill walker or a Sunday stroller, however fit or unfit, with equal opportunities for all. She talks about her latest ITV programme Britain’s Best Walks and her upcoming projects. Read More Julia Bradbury: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018 (Thursday 1st February)
Ash Dykes and Tobias Mews tick off the 2018 Stanfords Travel Writers Festival by talking to Paul Blezard about their epic adventures and give practical guidance and expert tips on how to make and complete your own adventure. Whether it’s discovering a new place and a new way to get there; or reaching your nearest summit whilst racing your friend; they advise on the method and ingredients you need to get you out of your comfort zone and into an exhilarating adventure; big or small. Read More Ash Dykes and Tobias Mews: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018