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To Eritrea and Ethiopia: Retracing a Victorian Expedition
             Expedition bridge Expedition bridge

John’s latest Eritrea and Ethiopia talkclick here for details


‘Eritrea and Ethiopia’ talks in 2019

             Eritrean farmers Eritrean farmers

12th September – Esher, Surrey (Royston Pike Lecture Series)
7.30 pm in the Council Chamber at Esher Civic Centre off the High Street
(admission £3.00 on the door – details from Tristen Hennigs on 01372 474584)

25th September – Winchester (a fundraising event for The Friends of H.O.P.E.,
working with Earth Trust Nilgiris in India)
6.30 for 7.00 pm at the ManowThai restaurant on St George’s Street
(booking details nearer the time from ManowThai on 01962 890688
or from David Pople on 01962 869428)

1st October – Guildford (Guildford Travel Club)
8.00 pm at Onslow Village Hall on Wilderness Road, Onslow Village
(admission free to members – visitors £7.00, or £3.50 with a student card, on the door –
details from Carol Busby on 01293 871219)

12th October – Near Kirkbymoorside, North Yorks (an Inntravel fundraising event for Oxfam)
7.30 pm at Hutton-le-Hole Village Hall (tickets £10.00 from Pat Sutor on 01751 417443)

14th October – Darlington (Darlington Lecture Association)
7.30 pm at Carmel College’s John Caden Hall on The Headlands
(admission free to members – visitors £5.00, or £2.00 for under-18s and students –
details from Margaret Cunningham on 01325 469014)

17th October – Near Newbury, Berks (Kingsclere Village Club)
7.30 pm at the Village Club on George Street, Kingsclere
(details nearer the time from Emma Hartley on 01635 297913)

23rd October – Easingwold, North Yorks (Galtres Centre)
7.30 pm at the Galtres Centre on the Market Square
(booking details nearer the time from the Box Office on 01347 822472)

8th November – Near Zeist, Netherlands (Dorpshuis ’t Trefpunt Austerlitz)
8.00 pm at Het Trefpunt on Schooldwarsweg, Austerlitz
(admission €8,00 on the door – details from Ingrid van Leeuwen on +31 343 491728)

10th November – Deventer, Netherlands (British Society Deventer)
3.00 pm at Wijkcentrum de Schalm on Dreef
(admission free to members – visitors €7.00, or €5.00 for students –
details from Marijke Lemmerman on +31 571 271630)


11th December – Scunthorpe, Lincs (Scunthorpe and District Ladies’ Luncheon Club)
12.15 for 12.30 pm at the Wortley House Hotel on Rowland Road
(details nearer the time from Jill Linklater on 01724 853822)



‘Eritrea and Ethiopia’ talks in 2020

                   Epiphany in Gonder Epiphany in Gonder

14th January – Grimsby (Everyman Club of Great Grimsby)
7.30 pm in the main hall at Grimsby Institute’s Nuns Corner Campus on Laceby Road
(admission free to members – visitors £10.00 on the door –
details from Sally Taylor on 01472 320782)


28th January – Hull (Hull Literary and Philosophical Society)
7.30 pm at the Hull Royal Hotel on Ferensway
(admission free to members) (details from the Society on 01482 651843)


19th February – Near Basingstoke, Hants (Overton U3A)
10.00 am at St Mary’s Hall on the High Street, Overton
(details from Margaret Aldgate on 01256 279157)


23rd April – Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucs (Wotton Arts Festival)
Subject, venue and time to be confirmed
(details nearer the time from Anne Parry on 01453 843144)


20th October – Midhurst, West Sussex (Midhurst U3A)
2.30 pm at the Methodist Church Hall on North Street
(admission £2.00 for members, £3.00 for visitors, on the door –
details from David Barlow on 01730 815218)



Russia and Europe: What Next?
           Army recruits Army recruits

John’s other recent talkclick here for details.


‘Russia and Europe’ talk in 2019

            JP in Ukraine JP in Ukraine

29th November – Cambridge (Cambridge University Geographical Society)
5.00 pm (venue to be confirmed) (details from Darren Wong on 07586 762782)



‘Russia and Europe’ talk in 2020

             Historic poster Historic poster

30th April – Tavistock, Devon (Tavistock Ladies’ Luncheon Club)
12.00 for 12.30 pm at the Bedford Hotel on Plymouth Road
(details from Norma Thewlis on 01822 615174)



The Old Silk Road from Georgia to Afghanistan
                         A helping handHelping hand in Afghanistan

John’s talk about Central Asiaclick here for details


‘Old Silk Road’ talks in 2019

                A Kyrgyz welcomeA Kyrgyz welcome

13th August – Tunbridge Wells, Kent (Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre)
(a one-day Silk Road/Balkan Adventure programme,
part of ArtsBox Festival 19 – see other talk below)
7.15 pm at the Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre on Church Road
(tickets £10.00 – or £16.00 for both talks – from the Box Office on 01892 678678)



‘A Balkan Adventure’
                      Greece-Albania border Greece–Albania border

John’s 2013 journey from Trieste to Istanbulclick here for details


‘A Balkan Adventure’ talk in 2019

                   Friendships remade Friendships remade

13th August – Tunbridge Wells, Kent (Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre)
(a one-day Balkan Adventure/Silk Road programme,
part of ArtsBox Festival 19 – see other talk above)
3.00 pm at the Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre on Church Road
(tickets £10.00 – or £16.00 for both talks – from the Box Office on 01892 678678)


26th October – Alton, Hants (a fundraising talk for Alton Counselling Service)
7.00 pm at Alton Assembly Rooms on the High Street
(booking details nearer the time from Alton Counselling Service on 01420 80207)



Up the Mekong to Tibet
              Upper MekongUpper Mekong

John’s expedition to the source of the Mekongclick here for details


‘Up the Mekong’ talk in 2020

                       Monks in Phnom PenhMonks in Phnom Penh

27th February – Cork, Ireland (Cork Literary & Scientific Society)
8.00 pm at the Crawford Art Gallery on Emmet Place
(admission free to members – visitors €8.00 on the door)
(details from Dr Alicia St Leger on 021 431 0043)



An Englishman in Patagonia
                  Torres del Paine Torres del Paine

John’s talk about the southern tip of South Americaclick here for details


‘An Englishman in Patagonia’ talk in 2020

                 Welsh pioneers Welsh pioneers

16th March – Chester (Society of Thirteen)
7.30 pm at the Grosvenor Museum
on Grosvenor Street
(admission free to members – visitors £6.00 on the door –
details from Mike Nichol on 0151 346 1017)

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