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Sherborne Travel Writing Festival Posters
Sherborne Travel Writing Festival
11th - 13th April 2025

While our horizons may have drawn in during the recent pandemic, travel writers have continued to reach out, rediscovering and reinterpreting the world for a new age. 

The Sherborne Travel Writing Festival was the first travel literature festival to be held in the UK in recent years.

At its heart was the idea – and the timely theme – of reaching for the horizon.

To Benedict Allen, Don McCullin, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Nick Danziger, 

Monisha Rajesh, Kassia St Clair, Hilary Bradt, Katie Carr, Bijan Omrani, Tom Parfit and Davina Quinlivan, and to our wonderful audiences,

thank you for making the 2024 Sherborne Travel Writing Festival such a thrilling, sell-out success.

Curator Rory Maclean is already assembling next year's stellar lineup of footloose speakers. Booking opens January 2025.

Booking Opens January 2025
with thanks to our main sponsors

Festival Programme 2024

Friday 5 April 

17:00 – 18.00  Noo Saro-Wiwa – Black Ghosts


19:00 – 20.00  Benedict Allen – Hot and Cold

Saturday 6th April

10:30 – 11.30 Hilary Bradt – Taking the Risk


12.00 – 13:00 Monisha Rajesh - Around the World by Train


13.00 – 14.00 Tea with the Authors


14:00 – 15.00 Writing Britain – a panel discussion with  Hilary Bradt, Tim Hannigan, Brian Jackman & Caroline Mills


15:30 – 16.30 Bijan Omrani  – The Ancient World and What Christianity Gave England


17:00 – 18.00 Katie Carr – Adrift on the Shipping Forecast


19:00 -20.00 Kassia St Clair – The Race to the Future

Sunday 7th April

11.00 – 12.30 Nick Danziger & Rory MacLean – Human rights and Telling Stories Together


13.30 – 14.30 Davina Quinlivan – Memoir, Travel and Nature Writing

15.00 – 16.00 Tom Parfitt – In Russia’s Haunted Hinterland

16.30 – 17.30 Don McCullin –  Life & Death Behind the Lens

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