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At 16,000 feet in Zanskar
John made his name in the 1980s as a travel writer and photographer, and more recently has become known for his thought-provoking, richly illustrated talks and his adventure travel documentaries for BBC Radio 4. He has spoken to over 1,000 audiences in six countries, and holds the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)’ Ness Award for popularising geography and the wider understanding of the world.
Click here to watch his YouTube video.
Scroll down to find out about the talks that bring together some of his most spectacular slides and sound recordings.
Click here to listen to John’s 2018 From Our Own Correspondent piece about Eritrea for BBC Radio 4.
Click here for his 2011 From Our Own Correspondent piece about Afghanistan.
Click here to listen to John talking in 2008 about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on Radio 4’s Excess Baggage.
Latest talk: To Eritrea and Ethiopia: Retracing a Victorian Expedition
Previous talk: Russia’s Secret Corners
A Balkan Adventure
From Georgia to Afghanistan and China
Inside the Middle East
Heart of the Sahara
Exploring the Mekong River
The Royal Road of the Incas
Llamas and Gangsters in Bolivia
An Englishman in Patagonia
The talks include stunning digital slides and sometimes short sound clips.
They usually last an hour, but can be longer or shorter as needs be.
John provides all equipment, including a large screen.
Fee: £425 (€500) plus travelling expenses.
John is not registered for VAT.
Come to a talk! Book a talk Legacy talks on 35mm transparencies (sorry, no longer available):
Pilkington in Ladakh
Trespassing in Turkestan
An Adventure on the Old Silk Road
Into Thin Air: A Walk Across Nepal
with thanks to Martin Pailthorpe
9 Culverwell Gardens, Winchester, Hants SO23 9JG, UK
Tel. +44 (0)1962 863965
Travellers or aspiring travellers: try the websites of
Bradt Travel Guides , Lonely Planet
or the Globetrotters Club .
Lecture organisers: John highly recommends
Felicity Aston , Denise Heywood , David Edwards , John Harrison and Paul Deegan .
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