What a Drag: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018

And now for something completely different, Iestyn Edwards and Michael Bristow have both seen countries from a different perspective. In My Tutu Went AWOL Iestyn somehow found himself performing drag ballet to troops in Iraq. In China in Drag, Michael Bristow shares his experience of travelling with his cross-dressing Chinese language teacher. They talk to Julia Wheeler about their experiences and peoples’ reactions. Read More What a Drag: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018

Levison Wood: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018

Author and Explorer Levison Wood talks to Julia Wheeler about his life as an explorer and shares his experiences from his Channel 4 series following his journeys Walking the Nile, Walking the Himalayas and Walking the Americas as well as his most recent series From Russia to Iran. Levison has travelled to over 80 countries and as well as his television work he will be talking about his latest book Eastern Horizons in which he recounts one of his earliest trips and began to carve out his career as an explorer. Read More Levison Wood: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018

Explorers Against Extinction: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018

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

Blue Planet II: 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

Wild Swimming: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2015

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

How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018

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: 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

The Joy of Travelling Slowly: 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

Jules Mountain: 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

Dallas Campbell: 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.

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