John is an old friend of Wilderness Lectures, and this will be his tenth talk for us. He’s often called “one of Britain’s greatest tellers of travellers’ tales”. After starting as an author and journalist he became a broadcaster with the BBC World Service and Radio 4, making travel documentaries and contributing to programmes such as ‘From Our Own Correspondent’. But it’s for his superbly illustrated talks that people know him best. He has spoken to over 1,000 audiences in six countries, and holds the Royal Geographical Society’s much-coveted Ness Award for popularising geography and the wider understanding of the world.