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Sunday 19th November, 2023
Brewery Arts Centre - Malt Room - Kendal
5:00pm (GMT+0:00) Europe/London (Greenwich Mean Time)
Run time: 1 hour
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Event Details

Pedalling hard for thirteen months, eco-adventurer Kate Rawles cycled the length of the Andes on an eccentric bicycle she built herself. The Life Cycle charts her mission to find out why biodiversity is so important, what's happening to it, and what can be done to protect it.

From the Pacific Ocean to rainforests and salt flats, Kate learns that armadillos can cross rivers by holding their breath, that Colombia has more species of birds than North America and Europe combined, and that in threatening species and ecosystems, we're tearing down our own life support system. En route, she witnesses the devastation of gold mining and oil drilling but finds hope in the incredible people working to regenerate habitats and communities. As Kate reaches the 'end of the world', she realises that to tackle biodiversity loss we all have a role to play.

Kate’s book The Life Cycle 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 Icon Books.


“A gripping read for anyone who cares about what we're doing to the planet and how we can change it” - David Shukman, Former BBC News Science Editor

“Searing observations focused on our need to protect biodiversity – A tour de force” - Sir Tim Smit OBE, Co-founder of The Eden Project

“An informative, uplifting and truly important book” - Jonathon Porritt, author and campaigner

About Kate Rawles:

Kate Rawles is a writer, cyclist and former university lecturer in environmental philosophy who uses adventurous journeys to raise awareness about environmental challenges. She writes for a range of publications, is a mountain and sea kayaking leader and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.