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The Sherborne Travel Writing Festival

April 14th - 16th 2023

Curated by Rory MacLean

These last years have brought dramatic changes to our lives: Brexit, Covid lockdowns, soaring energy costs, climate change and the largest, most brutal war in Europe since 1945. While our horizons have drawn in, travel writers have continued to reach out, rediscovering and reinterpreting the world for a new age. 

Ten of the UK’s finest travel writers are coming to Sherborne to transport readers, listeners, armchair and intrepid travellers alike towards the four corners of the globe. 

At its heart is the idea – and the timely theme – of reaching for the horizon. 

To propel the journey, a stellar lineup of top writers will take to the stage at the Powell Theatre.

Across the weekend Colin Thubron, Fergal Keane, Anthony Sattin, Sara Wheeler, John Gimlette, Sophy Roberts, Justin Marozzi, Philip Marsden, John Blashford-Snell, Demi Anter and Rory will transport people across the world.  On both Saturday and Sunday Festival Ticket Holders will be invited to Tea with the Authors.

Friday 14th April

17:00 – 18.00 John Gimlette - The Gardens of Mars: Madagascar, an Island Story

19:00 – 20.00 Sophy Roberts - The Lost Pianos of Siberia


Saturday 15th April

11:30 – 12.30 Philip Marsden - The Summer Isles, A Voyage of the Imagination

12.30 – 14:00 Tea with the Authors


14:00 – 15.00 Anthony Sattin – Nomads, The Wanderers that Shaped our World


15:30 – 16.30 Justin Marozzi  - The Arab Conquests


17:00 – 18.00 Sara Wheeler - Glowing Still


19:00 -20.00 Colin Thubron  - The Amur River

Sunday 16th April

11:30 – 12.30 John Blashford-Snell  - From Utmost East to Utmost West


12.30 – 14:00 Tea with the Authors


14:00 – 15.00 Rory MacLean & Demi Anter  - Bowie in Berlin


15:30 – 16.30 Fergal Keane - The Madness: A Memoir of War, Fear and PTSD

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