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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.
 

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The editors of the award winning The Sunday Times Travel Magazine reveal their favourite destinations to Hilary Bradt, including some well-known and others under-the-radar. Katie Bowman (Features Editor), Liz Edwards (Associate Editor) and Lucy Thackray (Commissioning Editor) share some of their secrets for how to do those places cheaper, quieter and smarter than the average holiday-maker.

After the talk. The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Editors will be signing copies of 200 Amazing Places 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 chairing the conversation about 200 Amazing Places at 4pm on Thursday 1st February, and will then be on the Travelling Solo panel on Friday 2nd February at 11am. After her talks, Hilary will be signing copies of Roam Alone: Inspiring Tales by Reluctant Solo Travellers at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

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 and Afghanistan. In China in Drag, Michael shares his experience of travelling with his cross-dressing Chinese language teacher. They talk to Julia Wheeler about their experiences and peoples’ reactions.

No alternative text providedHear Iestyn and Michael In Conversation on Sunday 4th February at 4pm. After the talk, Iestyn  and Michael  will be signing copies of their books My Tutu Went AWOL and China in Drag at the Signings at Stanfords stand

Mark Brownlow is the series producer of Blue Planet II. He was a producer of the BBC's landmark series Planet Earth and has series produced many natural history documentaries for the BBC, including Hidden Kingdoms and Ocean Giants.

Join James Honeyborne and Mark Brownlow as they discuss the book and BBC TV series Blue Planet II. This talk will feature breath-taking clips 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.

blue planet 2After the talk, James and Mark will be signing copies of Blue Planet II 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.

Ash Dykes and Tobias Mews will be talking about their own epic adventures - Ash in Madagascar and  Mongolia, and Tobias in some of the toughest races in the world.  Along the way you‘ll be inspired to get out of your comfort zone, and learn some practical tips on how to plan your own exhilarating adventure.

Ash DykesListen to Mission Planning with Adventure Athletes Ash Dykes and Tobias Mews on Thursday 1st February at 11am. After the talk, Ash and Tobias will be signing copies of their books, including Mission Possible and GO!

The editors of the award winning The Sunday Times Travel Magazine reveal their favourite destinations to Hilary Bradt, including some well-known and others under-the-radar. Katie Bowman (Features Editor), Liz Edwards (Associate Editor) and Lucy Thackray (Commissioning Editor) share some of their secrets for how to do those places cheaper, quieter and smarter than the average holiday-maker.

After the talk. The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Editors will be signing copies of 200 Amazing Places at the Signings at Stanfords stand.

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 and Afghanistan. In China in Drag, Michael shares his experience of travelling with his cross-dressing Chinese language teacher. They talk to Julia Wheeler about their experiences and peoples’ reactions.

Iestyn EdwardsHear Iestyn and Michael In Conversation on Sunday 4th February at 4pm. After the talk, Iestyn  and Michael  will be signing copies of their books My Tutu Went AWOL and China in Drag at the Signings at Stanfords stand

Lloyd Figgins is the founder and CEO of LFL Global Risk Mitigation Ltd and a former police officer, soldier and expedition leader who has worked in over 80 countries, including some of the world’s more hostile and remote regions. In his book, The Travel Survival Guide, he draws on his own experiences to show you how to recognise the warning signs and prepare yourself for almost any eventuality you may encounter on your travels.

Lloyd FigginsLloyd Figgins will be part of the Travelling Solo panel at 11am on Friday 2nd February. After the event, Lloyd will be signing copies of The Travel Survival Guide at the at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

 

Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads: A New History of the World has won a number of awards and is an international bestseller. Described as a major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is a dazzling exploration of the forces that have driven the rise and fall of empires, determined the flow of ideas and goods and are now heralding a new dawn in international affairs.

Peter FrankopanPeter Frankopan will be talking about The Silk Roads on Friday 2nd February at 4pm. After the event, Peter will be signing copies of his book at the at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

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