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Friday 18th November, 2022
Brewery Arts Centre - Maltroom - Kendal
Run time: 1 hour
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One woman, one bike and one richly entertaining, perception-altering journey of discovery!

We're delighted to welcome Rebecca Lowe to Kendal to share her solo cycle adventure across the Middle East.

In 2015, as the Syrian War raged and the refugee crisis reached its peak, Rebecca Lowe set off on her bicycle taking on an 11,000-kilometre route through Europe to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, the Gulf and finally to Iran. Driven by a desire to learn more about this troubled region and its relationship with the West. 

It was an odyssey through landscapes and history that captured her heart, but also a deeply challenging cycle across mountains, deserts and repressive police states that nearly defeated her. Plagued by punctures and battling temperatures ranging from -6 to 48˚C, Lowe was rescued frequently, by farmers and refugees, villagers and urbanites alike, and relied almost entirely on the kindness and hospitality of locals to complete this living portrait of the modern Middle East.

Rebecca will be in conversation with Kate Rawles. 

There will be a book signing straight after the event.

The Slow Road to Tehran will be available to purchase at the Festival book store over the Festival weekend.

Published by September Publishing.

‘A terrifically compelling book, bursting with humour, adventure and insight into the rich landscapes and history of the Middle East.’

- Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Shortlisted as on of National Geopgraphic's Best Travel books for 2022. 

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