Tuesday 24 October, 5.45pm
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Tickets £14 (Incl. £1.50 booking fee)
Sara Wheeler is the UK’s foremost female travel writer and in Glowing Still: A Woman’s Life on the Road she chronicles her travelling life in a notoriously testosterone-laden field. She recalls happy days on India’s Puri Express; an Antarctic lavatory through which a seal popped up (hot fishy breath!); and corralling reindeer with the Sámi in Arctic Sweden, while towing her baby on a sledge.
In her early career, role models were scarce in the travel-writing game. But as she moves towards journey’s end Wheeler reflects on the particular challenges and joys that travelling as a woman brings and pays homage to some of her heroines. One of them, Martha Gellhorn sums it up: ‘I do not wish to be good. I wish to be hell on wheels, or dead.’ In conversation with Dr Lynnette Turner, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Books will be sold at the talks and online by the bookshop at Canterbury Christ Church University. For more information visit bookshop.canterbury.ac.uk/canterbury-festival-2023