Book tickets

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival Line-Up

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

An incredible line-up of authors, TV presenters, journalists and adventurers will share their travel memories and expert advice at the 2018 show. 

The full list of speakers at the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018 is published below.

Entry to all the sessions at the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival are included in the show ticket price, which can be purchased on-the-door for £15 or in advance via our secure online box office.


Rick Stein OBE is an English chef, restaurateur, cookery book author and television presenter. He has written over 20 cookery books, an autobiography and made over 30 TV programmes including 13 cookery series. In is latest BBC six-part series and accompanying book The Road to Mexico, he brings us his unrivalled enthusiasm and trusted expertise to the fresh, flavourful food of Mexico and California. 

Rick SteinHear Rick Stein In Conversation on Saturday 3rd February at 4pm. After his event, Rick will be signing copies of his new book The Road to Mexico at the 'Signing at Stanfords' stand.

Known for presenting such television programmes as Countryfile, Watchdog and Wainwright Walks, Julia is a keen walker and champion for the great outdoors. Julia grew up living and breathing rugged green valleys and undulating hills in Sheffield and Rutland. She describes herself as a country girl and will always have an abiding passion for our countryside and green spaces. In her latest ITV series and accompanying book Unforgettable Walks, she shares Britain’s best walks with a view.

Julia BradburyJulia Bradbury will be In Conversation on Thursday 1st and Saturday 3rd February. After her event, Julia will be signing copies of her new book Unforgettable Walks on the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

Michael Portillo was a Conservative Member of Parliament for almost twenty years and a government minister for eleven of those, including minister of state for transport and Secretary of State for Defence. 
Since leaving politics, he has devoted himself to writing and broadcasting. He is a regular on both BBC1’s sardonic political “This Week” programme and Radio 4’s "The Moral Maze”. He has made radio and television documentaries on a wide range of subjects, including nine series of "Great British Railway Journeys”, five series on the continent of Europe, three in the United States, and one in India, for BBC2.

Hear Michael Portillo In Conversation on Friday 2nd February.

In 2016 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 after he was knocked off a Triumph Tiger Explorer. It was unclear if he would ever walk properly again, let alone ride a motorbike. His latest book Long Way Back recounts Charley’s passion for motorcycles, his many adventures and his journey back to recovery.

Charley BoormanCharley Boorman will be In Conversation on Sunday 4th February at 1pm. After his event, Charley will be signing copies of his new book Long Way Back on the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

Dallas Campbell has presented some of the most ambitious landmark series across the BBC, including Stargazing Live, which broadcasted Astronaut Tim Peake’s historic live launch to the International Space Station. His book, AD ASTRA An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet is Dallas’ hilarious and informative guide to human space travel, cosmology and space science for anyone who has looked up in wonder at the stars and wondered how to get there.

Dallas CampbellHear Dallas Campbell talk about Space: The Final Travel Frontier? on Saturday 3rd February. After his event, Dallas will be signing copies of his new book AD ASTRA An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet on the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

For more than half a century, a shared love of canals and narrowboats has been inseparable from the marriage of Timothy West and Prunella Scales. The iconic actors have spent much of their life together enjoying the calming pleasures of watching land and nature unfold before them at four miles an hour. Our Great Canal Journeys is a beautifully observed ode to a unique method of travelling the world, and a warm meditation upon love, learning and life.

Timothy WestTimothy West will be talking about Great Canal Journeys on Sunday 4th February at 2pm. After the event, Timothy will be signing copies of his book Our Great Canal Journeys at the at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. In Islander Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles as he travels to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.

Patrick BarkhamPatrick Barkham will be talking about Islander: A Journey Around our Archipelago on Thursday 1st February at 1.30pm. Patrick will be signing copies of  his new book at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand after his event.

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent is an established travel writer and public speaker with a particular love of embarking on difficult journeys through remote regions often by motorcycle. Her latest book Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains documents her travels through the far north-eastern corner of India, Arunachal Pradesh. Closed to foreigners between 1950 and 1998, and even today the need for permits and restrictions makes this a little-visited region.

Antonia Bolingbroke-KentAntonia Bolingbroke-Kent will be talking about her journey across Arunachal Pradesh- India’s forgotten frontier at 2.30pm on Friday 1st February. After the event, Antonia will be signing copies of Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand. 

As well as being an award winning writer, Hilary Bradt is co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides. In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for services to the tourist industry and to charity, and in 2009 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Travel Writers. Hilary’s writing appears in Roam Alone: Inspiring Tales by Reluctant Solo Travellers, a collection of stories celebrating travelling without companions.

Hilary BradtHilary Bradt will be talking about Travels Through a Lifetime on Thursday 1st February at 4.30pm and she will be on the Travelling Solo panel on Friday 2nd February at 11am. After here talks, Hilary will be signing copies of Roam Alone: Inspiring Tales by Reluctant Solo Travellers at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

Cartographic expert John Davies is co-author of The Red Atlas. It is the story of how, during the Cold War, the Soviet Union carried out a cartographic project of unprecedented scale – the detailed mapping of the entire world. Just as fascinating as the story of the maps during Soviet times, is their role in the post-Soviet world, as the only reliable mapping in existence in many parts of the world and its value to explorers, scientists and even the military of the Western alliances.

John DaviesJohn Davies and Alexander Kent will be talking about The Red Atlas: How Russia Secretly Mapped the World on Sunday 4th February at 11am. After the event, John be signing copies of his latest book at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.