Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

The Stanfords Travel Writers Festival returns to Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show with compelling, inspirational and entertaining talks from explorers, adventurers, historians, novelists, TV personalities and many more of the very best travel authors. Join them to be transported to far-flung corners of the world.

Celebrity speakers at the 2017 event include Michael Palin, Simon Reeve, Levison Wood, Colin ThubronNicholas Crane and more. See the full line-up of who will be taking part at the Festival in 2017 here. 

Authors will share accounts of their incredible adventures and expeditions, as well as offer expert tips for all those heading to these destinations. Beside the stage, you can browse through the 'Signings at Stanfords' shop where you will be able to purchase copies of the authors'  books and have them personally signed and dedicated.

Entrance to the Travel Writers Festival is included in your ticket to Destinations.

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Please see the 2017 timetable of sessions below.

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival timetable

- 11:00am: Walking the Americas

Levison Wood, Explorer & Film Maker

Levison Wood returns for a third year to Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, this time, hot-footed from his latest adventures Walking the Americas, as seen on Channel 4. Guaranteed to be packed with travel inspiration!

After the talk, Levison will be signing copies of his books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 12:00pm: Simon Reeve, in conversation with Paul Blezard

Simon Reeve, TV Presenter & New York Times Bestselling Author

TV presenter and author Simon Reeve returns to Stanfords Travel Writers Festival to share tales from the more than 110 countries he has travelled to making programmes for the BBC, including his new series on Turkey, due to air this spring. Paul Blezard chairs.

After the talk, Simon will be signing copies of his books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 1:00pm: The Timbuktu School for Nomads

Nicholas Jubber, Award-Winning Author & Travel Writer

Nicholas Jubber set out to follow in the footsteps of Leo Africanus, the 16th-century traveller, crossing the forgotten places of North Africa, scarred by terrorist occupation, toward the legendary Timbuktu. Join him as he discusses his encounters with the camps of the Tuareg, Fulani, Berbers, and other communities - nomads living lives of ancient tradition in the shadow of Jihad.

After the talk, Nicholas will be signing copies of The Timbuktu School for Nomads at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 2:00pm: Travels on a Motorbike Through Iran

Lois Pryce, Travel Writer

When Lois Pryce found a note left on her motorbike from a man named Habib, imploring her to visit his hometown of Shiraz to see the real Iran, she immediately set off on the 3,000-mile journey across the country. In this illustrated talk she shares stories of a nation of apparent contradictions and people religious yet hedonistic, practical yet poetic, modern yet rooted in tradition.

After the talk, Lois will be signing copies of Revolutionary Ride and her other books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 3:00pm: Improbable Places and Un-Discovered Islands

Malachy Tallack, Author & Musician, Travis Elborough, Author & Acclaimed Pop Cultural Historian

Join acclaimed authors Travis Elborough (A Walk in the Park, Atlas of Improbable Places) and Malachy Tallack (60 Degrees North, The Un-Discovered Islands) as they discuss places of legend and wonder, the obscure, the beautiful and the downright odd. Expect a fascinating journey to the world’s most incredible locations - real and imagined - as Travis and Malachy speak to Paul Blezard.

After the talk, Travis and Malachy will be signing copies of their books, including Atlas of Improbable Places, and The Un-Discovered Islands at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 4:00pm: Michael Palin, in conversation with Julia Wheeler

Michael Palin, Broadcaster, Author & Actor

Stanfords is delighted to welcome broadcaster, author and actor Michael Palin to the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival as he shares stories from a life spent travelling to work, with Julia Wheeler.

After the talk Michael will be doing a limited signing copies of his books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.  New books only, no memorabilia.


- 11:00am: The Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Winner

The winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, announced on Thursday 2nd February, will take the stage to discuss their award-winning work with Paul Blezard.

After the talk, the author will be signing copies of their books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.

 


- 12:00pm: A Lifetime of Travel: John Julius Norwich in conversation

John Julius Norwich, Historian

 

As well as The Great cities of History, historian John Julius Norwich has written books on Italy, Sicily, the Sahara, Mount Athos, Venice, Byzantium, the Mediterranean and the Papacy. He is at present - in his late eighties - engaged on a History of France. in his conversation with Paul Blezard he will discuss his life and work, his travels and his memories.

After the talk, John Julius will be signing copies of The Great Cities in History and his other books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 1:00pm: Simon Reeve, in conversation with Paul Blezard

Simon Reeve, TV Presenter & New York Times Bestselling Author

TV presenter and author Simon Reeve returns to Stanfords Travel Writers Festival to share tales from the more than 110 countries he has travelled to making programmes for the BBC, including his new series on Turkey, due to air this spring. Paul Blezard chairs.

After the talk, Simon will be signing copies of his books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 2:00pm: Confessions of an International Towel Thief

John Carter, Journalist & TV Presenter

Presenter of ITV’s Wish You Were Here and the BBC’s Holiday, John Carter takes the stage to share tales of behind the scenes mishaps and hilarious encounters with famous names from his many years as a professional globe-trotter.

After the talk, John will be signing copies of Gullible’s Travels: Confessions of an International Towel Thief at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 3:00pm: Colin Thubron, in conversation with Julia Wheeler

Colin Thubron, Travel Writer & Novelist

Named by The Times as one of the greatest post-war British writers, travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron speaks to Julia Wheeler about a life filled with remarkable journeys - from Damascus to Siberia. A must-see for travel-writing fans.

After the talk, Colin will be signing copies of his latest novel Night of Fire and his other books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 4:00pm: Looping the Planet by Bike and Boat

Sarah Outen, Adventurer, Motivational Speaker & Author

Join inspirational British adventurer Sarah Outen as she shares the incredible story of her 25,000 mile journey around the planet by bicycle, canoe and kayak - a tale of true courage and determination to continue on against all odds.

After the talk, Sarah will be signing copies of Dare to Do at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 11:00am: Inside Explorers' Sketchbooks

Huw Lewis-Jones, Award-winning Historian of Exploration & Polar Guide

Join Huw Lewis-Jones as he delves into the journals and sketchbooks of some of the world's most remarkable travellers, naturalists, oceanographers, astronauts, archaeologists, mountaineers and explorers from the 16th century to the present day, among them Captain Scott, Edmund Hillary, Jan Morris, Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin.

After the talk, Huw will be signing copies of Inside Explorers' Sketchbooks at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 12:00pm: John Simpson, in conversation with Paul Blezard

John Simpson, Editor & Journalist

John Simpson is the BBC's World Affairs Editor, and has twice been the Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year. He has also won three BAFTAs, including the Richard Dimbleby Award in 1991 and the News and Current Affairs award in 2000 for his coverage of the Kosovo conflict. Join him as he discusses his remarkable life and career with Paul Blezard.

After the talk, John will be signing copies of We Chose to Speak of War and Strife and his other books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 1:00pm: Simon Reeve, in conversation with Julia Wheeler

Simon Reeve, TV Presenter & New York Times Bestselling Author

TV presenter and author Simon Reeve returns to Stanfords Travel Writers Festival to share tales from the more than 110 countries he has travelled to making programmes for the BBC, including his new series on Turkey, due to air this spring. Julia Wheeler chairs.

After the talk, Simon will be signing copies of his books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 2:00pm: Travellers' Wisdom: How to Save Money and Stay Safe

Andrew Fraser, Travel Writer & Editor, Lloyd Figgins, Travel Safety Expert & Adventurer, Phoebe Smith, Editor & Journalist

Join holiday bargain-hunter Andrew Fraser (Tripping the Flight Fantastic), travel safety guru Lloyd Figgins (Looking for Lemons: A Travel Survival Guide) and Wanderlust Magazine Editor Phoebe Smith about how to fly further for less, and how to stay safe as you explore the world.

After the talk, Andrew, Lloyd and Phoebe will be signing copies of their books, including Tripping the Flight Fantastic, Looking for Lemons: A Travel Survival Guide and Wild Nights at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 3:00pm: Travels in Sri Lanka

John Gimlette, Travel Writer

Award-winning travel writer John Gimlette turns his keen, ever-curious eye on the island nation of Sri Lanka, as explored in his latest book, Elephant Complex. Join him for this engaging and witty talk as he reveals a country struggling to free itself from trauma, and to embody an identity to match its vitality, its power and its people.

After the talk, John will be signing copies of Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka and his other books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 4:00pm: Jon Holmes, in conversation with Paul Blezard

Jon Holmes, Writer, Comedian & Broadcaster

Award-winning comedian and broadcaster Jon Holmes shares a personal journey of how he went from being an unwanted baby in the Midlands to a wanted man in the state of Texas, and everything else that happened along the way.  Paul Blezard chairs.

After the talk, Jon will be signing copies of A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 11:00am: The Power and Politics of Flags

Tim Marshall, Journalist & Author

What is the origin of the ISIS flag? Why are so many African flags red, yellow and green? Sunday Times bestselling author Tim Marshall will be discussing his latest book, revealing the histories, the power and the politics of the symbols that unite us – and divide us: flags.

After the talk, Tim will be signing copies of Worth Dying For at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 12:00pm: Simon Reeve, in conversation with Julia Wheeler

Simon Reeve, TV Presenter & New York Times Bestselling Author

TV presenter and author Simon Reeve returns to Stanfords Travel Writers Festival to share tales from the more than 110 countries he has travelled to making programmes for the BBC, including his new series on Turkey, due to air this spring. Julia Wheeler chairs.

After the talk, Simon will be signing copies of his books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 1:00pm: Culinary Adventures

Elisabeth Luard, Food Writer, Journalist & Broadcaster, Caroline Eden, Travel Writer & Eleanor Ford, Food Writer , John Wright, Naturalist & Author

If your travel motivation is to discover new flavours to dazzle your tastebuds, don’t miss this Culinary Adventures panel. Caroline Eden & Eleanor Ford (Samarkand), John Wright, author of the River Cottage Foraging Guides (A Natural History of the Hedgerow)and Elisabeth Luard (Squirrel Pie And Other Stories) discuss how exploring different countries’ food can help you gain a deeper insight into their cultures, and have a good time doing it.

After the talk, Caroline, Eleanor, John and Elisabeth will be signing copies of their books, including Samarkand, A Natural History of the Hedgerow and Squirrel Pie (and Other Stories) at the Signings at Stanfords stand.

 


- 2:00pm: The Making of the British Landscape

Nicholas Crane, TV Presenter & Author

Geographer, broadcaster, explorer and writer Nicholas Crane will explore the natural and human history that has shaped our landscape from the Ice Age to the present day in this illustrated talk, which celebrates the wonderful diversity of our countryside and cities.

After the talk, Nicholas will be signing copies of The Making of the British Landscape and his other books at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 3:00pm: In Search of the Northern Lights

Dr Melanie Windridge, Scientist & Author

Do we really understand the northern lights? Speaking about her new book and describing Arctic journeys culminating in a spectacular solar eclipse, Melanie Windridge brings together space, place and science in style.

After the talk, Melanie will be signing copies of Aurora at the Signings at Stanfords stand.


- 4:00pm: Fishing Impossible

Blowfish, The world's only heavy metal marine biologist

Fishing Impossible is the hit new ITV and BBC Worldwide series that takes fishing and conservation to extremes. From shark tagging off the coast of South Africa to diving under Arctic ice, heavy metal marine biologist The Blowfish shares his passion for the sea and tales of his boys’ own adventures from the series.
 
After the talk, Blowfish will be signing copies of Fishing Impossible at the Signings at Stanfords stand.