Our lecturers are well known explorers, mountaineers, travel writers, TV personalities, adventure sports personalities or anyone who has an epic story to tell and can enthral our audience with a rattling good yarn. The talks are invariably illustrated with slides and/or film.
John Pilkington - 04/10/2017 19:30
Passions are running high in Ukraine and some breakaway parts of Moldova and Georgia. Vladimir Putin’s adventures in Ukraine took the West by surprise, but John thinks in some ways they followed a pattern that goes back more than a century to the time of the Tsars. In 2015 he met people on both sides of the disputed borders, and promises some surprising insights. There’ll be plenty to interest mountain lovers too, from the Carpathians to the Crimean coastal range and the Greater Caucasus.
Anna McNuff - 18/10/2017 19:30
Anna was never anything like those ‘real’ runners on telly – all spindly limbs, tiny shorts and split times – but when she read about New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometre-long Te Araroa Trail, she began to wonder… perhaps being a ‘real’ runner was overrated. Maybe she could just run it anyway?
Travelling alone through New Zealand’s backcountry for 148 days, she scrambled through forests, along ridge-lines, over mountain passes, along beaches and across swollen rivers. Running up to 52 kilometres in a day, she slept wild most nights, and was taken into the homes and hearts of the kiwi people in between.
This lecture focuses on Anna's solo journey through the wilds of New Zealand, but also includes tales from her other human powered journeys around the globe. Settle in for adventure stories told with raw honesty, humour and passion - and learn why fear, self-doubt and uncertainty are all part n' parcel of a life well lived.
Paula McGuire - 01/11/2017 19:30
Adventure: it’s not a word we use too loosely. It’s one we use not quite loosely enough.
When you struggle to leave your house, and the telephone ringing is enough to top out your heart rate, you don’t have to go far for an adrenaline rush. Fear is everywhere – but so is the potential for adventure.
Battling her way out of debilitating social anxiety, Paula learned to embrace terror as she rejoined the world at high speed, and proved that adventure is everywhere, everyday and for everyone.
Climb far away mountains, if you fancy. Trek the world, if that’s your thing. But if you believe that adventure is only out there, beyond your horizons, this lecture will undoubtedly convince you otherwise.