Destinations London Schedules

Here you will find the full schedule for all sessions and presentations at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show London including: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, Meet The Experts Theatres 1 and 2, Experience The World & Taste The World.

To help you nagivate this page, here is a useful guide:

  • You can filter by day or by Theatre (these are known as Tracks)
  • Meet The Experts Theare 1 is coloured in dark blue
  • Meet The Experts Theare 2 is coloured in red
  • Stanfords Travel Writers Theatre is coloured in green

What are the various stages?

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

Brought to you by Stanfords, hear inspiring talks from explorers, adventurers, historians, novelists, TV personalities and many more of the very best travel authors.

Meet The Experts Theatres 1 & 2

Expert talks covering the different corners of the globe. Speakers will give you unique insight into their experiences and take you on fascinating and memorable journeys to inspire your next adventure.

Experience The World Stage

Dive in and experience world cultures, and entertainment. Enjoy the spectacle of cultural performances and get involved with interactive displays. Here you will discover the essence of new cultures and a whole host of new destinations.

Taste The World Stage

Get a taste for unusual international delicacies with hundreds of free world food and drink samples and discover the essence of new cultures and a whole host of new destinations.

Destinations London 2019 Schedules

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

Thu 31 Jan 11:00 to 12:00

Event stream:

Speakers:

John Rendall
Lecturer & Safari Leader
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

The Story of Christian the Lion

John Rendall talks to Julia Wheeler about the story that captured the imagination of the world. In 1969 Harrods department store in London sold a lion cub to John Rendall and Anthony (Ace) Bourke. For a year Christian the lion lived happily and safely with his human 'pride' in Chelsea. When Christian outgrew his London environment he was entrusted to the care of George Adamson in Kenya, who with his wife Joy, had successfully rehabilitated their lioness Elsa, the subject of Joy's Book Born Free. A year after Christian had been living in the wild John and Ace returned to Kenya to try and find him. The film clip of their emotional reunion has now been viewed by over 100 million people on YouTube.
 

After the talk, John will be signing copies of his book Christian the Lion at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 12:00 to 13:00

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Speakers:

Julian Sayarer
Author & Journalist
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

All at Sea: Another Side of Paradise with Julian Sayarer

Former Stanfords Travel Writer of the Year Julian Sayarer talks to Paul Blezard about his experiences on the small island of Surin, near the navel border of Thailand and Myanmar. Julian was initially brought to the area as an on-location writer for a crew filming a documentary about the indigenous people known as Moken 'sea gypsies'.  Events unfold in a reality strangely different to that version captured by the lens. In the quest for indigenous wisdom, cameras and tripods clutter bamboo huts, while fishing trips and dives are staged beneath the waves. With the quest for paradise seeming ever more artificial, Sayarer instead begins listening to the stories of Laurie, an old sailor, with a life on the water behind him, and in whose ship the crew sail out into the Andaman Sea.

 

After the talk, Julian will be signing copies of his books, including All at Sea at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 13:00 to 14:00

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Speakers:

Tim Marshall
Journalist & Broadcaster

Presentation title

Divided: Why we're Living in an Age of Walls with Tim Marshall

Informed by 30 years commenting on world affairs, Tim Marshall’s illuminating explanations of global politics made Prisoners of Geography an international bestseller. In his latest book Divided he brings that wealth of experience and insight to explain what has divided us, past and present, showing how it informs much of what is going on in the world today. In Europe the divisions of the past decade threaten not only European unity, but in some countries liberal democracy itself. In China, the Party’s need to contain the divisions wrought by capitalism will define the nation’s future. In the USA the rationale for the Mexican border wall taps into the fear that the USA will no longer be a white majority country.

After the talk, Tim will be signing copies of his books, including Divided at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 14:00 to 15:00

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Speakers:

Emma Slade
Author, Buddhist Nun & Charity Founder
Justin Butcher
Actor, Writer & Director
Guy Stagg
Author
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

A Modern Pilgrim's Journey

For centuries people have been making spiritual journeys in search of enlightenment or following some kind of sacred footsteps. Emma Slade, Justin Butcher and Guy Stagg have all recently written very different books following this theme. Here they discuss the historical significance and personal experiences behind these journeys, how they can be secular and offer advice for anyone planning on going on a pilgrimage or creating one of their own. The panel will be chaired by Paul Blezard, who has himself cycled to Santiago di Compostela.

 

After the talk, Emma, Justin and Guy will be signing copies of their books, including Set Free, Walking to Jerusalem and The Crossway at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 15:00 to 16:00

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Speakers:

Peter Frankopan
Historian & Author

Presentation title

The New Silk Road with Peter Frankopan

When The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was published in 2015 Peter Frankopan changed how we view the past, selling over 1 million copies around the world and remaining in the Sunday Times bestseller list for 31 weeks. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, providing a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the Western world stand in sharp contrast to what has been happening along the Silk Roads since 2015, where the story has been about deepening ties and trying to work together.

 

After the talk, Peter will be signing copies of his books, including The New Silk Road at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand. Peter talks to Paul Blezard.

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Thu 31 Jan 16:00 to 17:00

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Speakers:

Kate Humble
Farmer, Writer,Activist & TV Presenter

Presentation title

Why We Walk with Kate Humble:

Kate Humble talks to Julia Wheeler about the benefits of walking and her book Thinking on My Feet in which she recorded her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charted her feelings and impressions throughout. She looks at the reasons why we walk – whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, and offers reflections and insights that will encourage, motivate and spur you into action. In her book she also included walks with others who have discovered the magical, soothing effect of putting one foot in front of the other, including the artist who walks to find inspiration for his next painting and the woman who walked every footpath in Wales (3,700 miles) when she discovered she had cancer.

 

After the talk, Kate will be signing copies of her book Thinking on My Feet at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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