Reading Places: Travel Writer’s Day

Come and join travel writers Robin Bailey, Kapka Kassabova, Fran Sandham and Alistair Sutcliffe for our Reading Places day at Central Library, Saturday 5th November from 2 -4.30pm.

Each writer has a different tale to tell – from walking across Africa to climbing the highest peaks in the world.

The afternoon will be led by Anne Caldwell.

The Writers:

Robin Bayley is a writer, living in London, England. He is the author of The Mango Orchard, a book about his journey in the footsteps of his English great grandfather through Latin America.

Bayley was born in his grandmother’s house in the middle of a North Yorkshire moor in 1966. He grew up in Sheffield. After college, he moved to London where he worked in advertising and then children’s television. He twice gave up promising careers to travel and follow his muse. The fruit of these journeys can be read in The Mango Orchard, in which he tracks down his great grandfather’s secret family in a small village in western Mexico.

Kapka Kassabova grew up in communist Bulgaria, emigrated to New Zealand in her teens, and now lives in Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. She is the author of several poetry collections. Her childhood memoir Street Without a Name was short-listed for the 2009 Prix europeen du livre and the Dolmann Travel Club Award. Her novel Villa Pacifica (Alma Books) and dance memoir Twelve Minutes of Love, a tango story (Portobello), are out in 2011. Kapka has written for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Scottish Review of Books, and Vogue.

 
Fran Sandham ‘A likeable and self-deprecating narrator … I found myself increasingly gripped’ Observer ‘Classical account of one man’s struggle to test himself against Nature … Hope we shall hear more of his travels’ The Daily Telegraph ‘Warm and entertaining … Above all, it is his enthusiasm for adventure and the variety of human life that makes Traversa so memorable’ New Statesman ‘A fresh and hugely amusing perspective … a heartwarming reflection of Africa’s people and places’ Metro
 
 
Alistair Sutcliffe conquered the highest mountains on each of the seven continents at his first attempt. But his hardest climb was surviving and recovering from a massive brain haemorrhage.
 

Tickets are £4 per person in advance from the Grundy Art Gallery or on the day at Central Library. The event will include a cream tea and books will be on sale in the afternoon.

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