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Friday 17th November, 2023
Brewery Arts Centre - Malt Room - Kendal
3:15pm (GMT+0:00) Europe/London (Greenwich Mean Time)
Run time: 1 hour
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Event Details

Sara Wheeler is Britain’s foremost travel writer. Growing up among blue-collar Conservatives in Bristol where "we didn’t know anyone who wasn’t like us", Wheeler knew she needed to get away. In her twenties she began a dramatic escape: Pole to Pole, via Poland. Join her on stage as she recounts a lifetime of epic travels; happy days on India’s Puri Express; an Antarctic lavatory through which a seal popped up; living the louche life of a Parisian shopgirl; corralling reindeer with the Sámi in Arctic Sweden; and towing her baby on a sledge where a helpful herdsman advised her to put foil down her bra to facilitate nursing.

For Sara, advancing years usher in unheralded freedoms. She finds peace among Zanzibar dhows, contemplating our connection with other lives – the irreplaceable value that travel brings – and paying homage to her heroines, among them Martha Gellhorn, the ineffable war correspondent whose words Sara follows devoutly: “I do not wish to be good. I wish to be hell on wheels, or dead.”

Sara's book "Glowing Still" will be available to purchase at the Festival book store over the Festival weekend. Wanderlust Magazine has listed it as one of the best travel books of 2023.

There will be a book signing straight after the event.

Published by Abacus Books / Hachette.


‘Funny, furious writing from the queen of intrepid travel.’ - Daily Telegraph

‘Intrepid and sparky, full of canny quips and lightly poetic observations.’ - Mail on Sunday

‘Magnificent and unusual…"Glowing Still" is a thoughtful and entertaining meditation on identity, geography and the position of the self in the world’ Viv Groskop, Spectator

About Sara Wheeler:

Sara Wheeler has gone where few people have dared to go. One of Britain's foremost travel writers, she's documented her adventures in 11 bestselling books. Covering seven continents, she's brought a fresh perspective to what has historically been a male-dominated genre.