John Blashford-Snell CBE is one of the world’s most renowned and highly respected explorers and authors.
For over 60 years John has been exploring some of the planet’s most remote, inaccessible and dangerous places. A former British Army officer, John is amongst the last of a generation of true explorers, having pioneered new methods of exploration and discovery through his documentation of unchartered territories, nature and peoples.
Over his extraordinary life of adventure, John has conducted more than 100 expeditions for the purpose of scientific research and community aid. From exploring the Blue Nile in Ethiopia for Emperor Hailie Selassie, to delivering a grand piano to the Wai Wai in Guyana; discovering mammoth-like elephants in Nepal, to inventing the sport of white water rafting in Africa on the Congo River. Newly back from his latest expedition in Bolivia, John will be bringing us remarkable tales from expeditions he has led, from the Blue Nile to the Darien Gap, the Kalahari to Colombia.
If meetings with dangerous wildlife, stories of navigating rapid-filled rivers and tales of encounters with bandits are your thing, you won’t want to miss this very special event.
John's book From Utmost East to Utmost West will be available to purchase at the Festival book store over the Festival weekend.
There will be a book signing straight after the event.
Published by Bradt Guides.
"These fabulous stories, gathered from a lifetime of intrepid journeys, will thrill, educate and delight." – Stephen Fry
"Epic modern day adventure from an explorer icon." – Bear Grylls
About John Blashford-Snell:
In 2019 John Blashford-Snell was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to both scientific research abroad and to young people in the UK. John supports and works with numerous charities, working with underprivileged young people in the UK as well as undertaking community aid projects in remote parts of the world. He founded the UK charity Just a Drop, established Operation Raleigh (now Raleigh International), and the Scientific Exploration Society, all of which still continue to do great work today.