Travel writing at September’s festivals

Writing on travel and places features strongly in September’s literary festivals.

Speakers at the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival (Sept 15-18;, in Devon, will include Jenny Balfour Paul, author of Deeper Than Indigo, her account of her travels in the footsteps of the Victorian explorer Thomas Machell; and Alexandra Harris, author of Weatherland: Writers and Artists Under English Skies, which was shortlisted for this year’s RSL Ondaatje Prize.

Speakers at the Sevenoaks Literary Festival, in Kent (Sept 23-Oct 7;, will include Edward Wilson-Lee, author of Shakespeare in Swahililand, and Michael Smith, author of Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer.

Speakers at the Henley Literary Festival (Sept 24-Oct 2;, in Oxfordshire, will include William Thomson, author of The Book of Tides, based on his journey round the British coastline in a camper van with his young family; Tristan Gooley, author of How to Read Water: Clues, Signs & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea; Dan Richards, author of Climbing Days, inspired by the feats of his pioneering great-great-aunt Dorothy Pilley; and John Gimlette, author of Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka.

Speakers at the Wimbledon Book Festival (Sept 29-Oct 9; will include the explorer Ranulph Fiennes; Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World; the journalist and travel writer Diana Darke, author of My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis; and Simon Bradley, author of The Railways: Nation, Network & People.

Speakers at the Marlborough Literature Festival (Sept 30-Oct 2;, in Wiltshire, will include Ben Rawlence, author of City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp, and Anna Pavord, author of Landskipping: Painters, Ploughmen and Places.

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