About the Event
Travel broadens the mind and feeds the soul. Join travel writer Jonathan Lorie as he asks Bradt Travel Guides co-founder Hilary Bradt and explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison to look back at their extraordinary adventures and achievements. Describing pioneering journeys, entertaining exploits and the desire to share the world through travel writing, you’ll be transported from Bath to more exotic climes.
About the Authors
Jonathan Lorie is a travel writer and editor, born in Paris and living in London. He has been writing travel since 1999, first as the Editor of Traveller magazine and now for national newspapers and magazines. His travel writing life began with a journey across Africa west to east, coast to coast, from which he never quite recovered. Today his passion is for stories in Africa, Asia or Europe that involve wilderness, wildlife, culture or history. He has also tried to give back by working in international charities. In 2004 he set up Travellers’ Tales, Britain’s leading training agency for travel writers and photographers, and then the Travellers’ Tales Festival, which brings together the world’s greatest travel writers and photographers at the Royal Geographical Society in London. He has judged many travel writing awards, including the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Dolman Prize, The Bradt/Stanfords New Travel Writer of the Year Award and the annual competitions of The Independent, the British Guild of Travel Writers and the New Zealand travel writers’ association. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Hilary Bradt MBE is a publisher, writer, lecturer and sculptor. She co-founded Bradt Travel Guides in 1974 and remains one of the directors of the company. She is an award-winning writer, and has lectured – mostly on her specialist subject, Madagascar – in seven different countries as well as on cruise ships. She is a patron of Money for Madagascar and involved in various charities in that country. Born in 1941, she was brought up in Buckinghamshire and worked as an occupational therapist in the USA and South Africa before returning to Bucks in 1980 to concentrate on publishing and tour-leading. She now lives in Devon. In 2008, Hilary was awarded an MBE for services to the tourist industry and to charity, and the following year received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Travel Writers. Recently she was granted the high honour of Officier de l’Ordre de Madagascar – the Malagasy equivalent of an OBE – in recognition of four decades’ pioneering promotion of the country’s tourism potential.
Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE, DL, Dsc, Dhc, MA, FLS, FRGS is an explorer with a conscience. He has spent much of his life travelling in the world’s rainforests and deserts and campaigning to protect both them and their people. One of the few remaining explorers who merits the name, he made the two first crossings of South America from East to West (1958) and North to South (1964/5). He believes that the spirit of exploration is alive and well and never more needed than now, as we begin to realise how little we really understand our world and how rapidly we are destroying it. His latest book, Finding Eden, is a lyrical description of his year in the Borneo rainforest leading the team of scientists that launched the rainforest movement and his time with the delightful Penan people, for whom he still campaigns through Survival International, of which he is President. The author of over twenty books, most of which are still in print, he also became celebrated as a photographer via the critically acclaimed exhibition at the National Theatre, Echoes of a Vanished World, that detailed his first encounters with pristine peoples and places…
From his farm on Bodmin Moor, which last year won the Award as the Best Large Scale Renewable Energy Project in Cornwall, he still travels widely, lecturing and visiting expeditions in the field.