THE SHERBORNE TRAVEL WRITING FESTIVAL
The Sherborne Travel Writing Festival 2024
While our horizons have drawn in, travel writers have continued to reach out, rediscovering and reinterpreting the world for a new age.
The Sherborne Travel Writing Festival was the first travel literature festival to be held in the UK in recent years.
At its heart was the idea – and the timely theme – of reaching for the horizon.
The Sherborne Travel Writing Festival returns across the weekend of the 5th - 7th April.
Weekend Festival Tickets
£80 for Sherborne Literary Society members,
£100 non-members includes tickets to all 12 Travel Writing Talks, Tea with the Authors, Free Parking all weekend
£12 - £22 non-members, £10 - £18 SLS member
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM WINSTONE'S BOOK SHOP, SHERBORNE OR HERE
FRIDAY 5TH APRIL
17:00 – 18.00 Noo Saro -Wiwa – Black Ghosts
A marvellously gripping insight into Africa’s “black ghost” migrants in an unexpected land of opportunity
19:00 – 20.00 Benedict Allen - Hot and Cold
The pioneering explorer recounts his adventures to the very least known corners of our planet
SATURDAY 6TH APRIL
10:30 – 11.30 Hilary Bradt - Taking the Risk
To mark the 50th anniversary of Bradt Travel Guides, Hilary Bradt will unpick her lifetime journey to become an award-winning publisher
12.00 – 13:00 Monisha Rajesh - Around the World by Train
Travel the world aboard the wonderfully wry and witty Around India in 80 Trains and Around the World in 80 Trains
13.00 – 14.00 Comins – Tea with the Authors
14:00 – 15.00 Writing Britain: Hilary Bradt, Tim Hannigan, Brian Jackman & Caroline Mills
A lively panel discussion on the joys – and challenges – of writing about home. Share their passion for the English countryside.
15:30 – 16.30 Bijan Omrani The Ancient World and What Christianity Gave England
After his remarkable Caesar’s Footprints, classicist Bijam Omrani asks in his upcoming book what Christianity gave England.
17:00 – 18.00 Katie Carr - Adrift on the Shipping Forecast
A heart-breaking family tale of life and double loss in the centenary year of the Shipping Forecast
19:00 -20.00 Kassia St Clair - The Race to the Future
The award-winning cultural historian and the author of The Secret Lives of Colour retraces the 1907 Peking-Paris automobile race
SUNDAY 7TH APRIL
11.00 – 12.30 Nick Danziger & Rory MacLean – Human Rights and Telling Stories Together
The award-winning collaborators discuss the power of combining words and images and challenges of advocating for social and political change
13.30 – 14.30 Davina Quinlivan – Memoir, Travel and Nature Writing
The Devon-based author of Shalimar talks about the role of place, memoir, myth and ‘magical’ realism in travel writing
15.00 – 16.00 Tom Parfitt – In Russia’s Haunted Hinterland
The Moscow correspondent walks 1000 miles from the Black Sea to the Caspian in his unforgettable first book High Caucasus
16.30 – 17.30 Don McCullin – Life & Death Behind the Lens
The great photojournalist recounts his life documenting the horrors of wars, Somerset landscapes and the Roman ruins of Asia Minor