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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.


Megan Hine acts as a consultant for private individuals and on television shows around the world including Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Running Wild. Megan has explored remote jungles, arid deserts and high and cold mountains; taking private clients, celebrities and television crews to extreme and beautiful places they didn't even know existed. In her book, Mind of a Survivor she looks at how her mental and physical limits are tested in extreme environments.

Megan HineMegan Hine will be talking about How to Survive in the Wilderness on Friday 2nd February at 2pm. After the event, Megan will be signing copies of her book Mind of a Survivor at the at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

James Honeyborne, executive producer of Blue Planet II, is the producer and director of award-winning wildlife documentaries for the BBC. He was series producer on the BBC's hit landmark series Africa and has made several underwater films, including the BAFTA winning TV event Big Blue Live.

Join James Honeyborne and Mark Brownlow on Sunday 4 February at 1pm 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

After the talk, James and Mark will be signing copies of Blue Planet II at the Signings at Stanfords stand. 

Anna Hughes is a lifelong cyclist and environmentalist. She has a passion for long-distance cycling and has toured extensively in Britain, including 4000 miles around the coastline and 1000 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats. She has also sailed around Britain. She is author of Eat, Sleep, Cycle: a bike ride around the coast of Britain and Pedal Power: inspirational stories from the world of cycling.

Anna HughesAnna HughesAnna Hughes will be part of The Joy of Travelling Slowly panel on Saturday 3rd February at 3pm. After the event, Anna will be signing copies of her books at the at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

Nick Hunt has walked and written across much of Europe. His first book Walking the Woods and the Water was a finalist for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year. In his new book Where the Wild Winds Are: Walking Europe's Winds from the Pennines to Provence he sets off on an unlikely quest: to follow four of Europe's winds across the continent.

Nick HuntNick Hunt will be on the panel talking about The Joy of Travelling Slowly on Saturday 3rd February at 3pm. After the event, Nick will be signing copies of his new book at the at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

Alexander Kent is a cartographic expert and co-author of The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World. This book describes, for the first time, this gigantic cartographic project, from its origins in Tsarist times to its legacy after the fall of communism. A fantastic historical document of an era that sometimes seems less distant, The Red Atlas offers an uncanny view of the world through the eyes of Soviet strategists and spies.

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

Jenny was the main contributor to the Guardian’s weekly swimming blog, writing on everything from pool rules, to swimming with children. Her book Swell: A Waterbiography is about the ‘swimming suffragettes’, the pioneering women who played a part in making swimming the activity that can be enjoyed today by everyone, regardless of who they are. Jenny Landreth has also written two guide books – on the great trees of London, and on the best places to swim in the capital.

Jenny LandrethJenny Landreth will be part of the Wild Swimming panel at 12pm on Sunday 4th February. After the event, Jenny will be signing copies of her book Swell: A Waterbiography at the at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it. The Land Beyond charts Leon McCarron’s journey through the Holy Land: from Jerusalem to Jordan and the deserts of the Sinai. A tribute to the humbling and immersive art of walking, this quest reveals the everyday reality of the Middle East and its people, who have been for too long misunderstood.

Leon McCarronLeon McCarron will be talking about being On Foot Through the Heart of the Middle East on Saturday 3rd February at 11am. After the event, Leon will be signing copies of his book The Land Beyond 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.

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

Taking inspiration from Waterlog, Roger Deakin’s seminal account of wild swimming, Minihane set himself the goal of swimming in every river, lake, lido and bay which Deakin visited. From the white noise of the city to the seclusion and serenity of Britain’s hidden beauty spots, Floating charts journalist Joe Minihane’s attempt to swim the breadth of the countryside, immersing himself in fresh water while coming to terms with something beyond the swimming itself.

Joe MinihaneJoe Minihane will be part of the Wild Swimming panel on Sunday 4th February at 12pm. After the event, Joe will be signing copies of his book Floating at the at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.

Tim Moore’s writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, The Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of Gironimo!, French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points, I Believe In Yesterday and You Are Awful (But I Like You).  The Cyclist Who Went  Out in the Cold: Adventures Along the Iron Curtain sees Tim Moore tackle the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike.

Tim MooreTim Moore will be talking about Cycling the Iron Curtain Trail on Friday 2nd February at 12noon. After the event, Tim will be signing copies of his books at the at the 'Signings at Stanfords' stand.