February 2022

sun20feb3:00 pmsun4:00 pmThe Slow Road to TehranChallenging preconceptions3:00 pm - 4:00 pm(GMT+00:00) View in my time

Speakers for this event

  • Rebecca Lowe

    Rebecca Lowe

    Rebecca Lowe is a freelance journalist who specialises in human rights and the Middle East. Publications she has written for include the Guardian, BBC, Evening Standard, Independent, Huffington Post, Economist, Sunday Times Magazine, Daily Mail, and IranWire. Her book about her journey through the Middle East, The Slow Road to Tehran, will be published on March 24th, 2022, by September Books in the UK and (at a later date) by MVG in Germany. She was previously the lead reporter at the International Bar Association, where she focused on human rights, and in 2018 she contributed to the adventure travel anthology The Kindness of Strangers: Travel Stories That Make Your Heart Grow. Rebecca is a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society, and holds a BA in English from Cambridge University and an MA in Journalism from Stanford University. Read more about her journey at www.thebicyclediaries.co.uk. You can hear Rebecca speak in her talk The Slow Road to Tehran on Sunday 20 February at 3pm.

    URL www.thebicyclediaries.co.uk

  • Tim Moss

    Tim Moss

    The Next Challenge

    Tim has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents, including cycling 13,000 miles around the world with his wife (festival organiser Laura Moss) and setting a Guinness World Record for the longest distance cycled on a rickshaw. His annual expedition bursary, 'The Next Challenge Grant', has helped fund over 50 first-time adventurers.

    URL https://thenextchallenge.org/

    The Next Challenge

Event Details

You can see the recording of this talk here .

In July 2015, as the Syrian War raged and the refugee crisis reached its peak, Rebecca Lowe set off on her bicycle across the Middle East. Driven by a desire to challenge preconceptions about this long-misunderstood region, her 11,000km journey took her through Europe to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, the Gulf and finally to Iran. This is her talk about an odyssey through landscapes and history that captured her heart (and her stomach), but one – plagued by punctures, fearsome heat, repressive police states and a truly obscene number of kebabs – which also frequently came close to defeating her.  



(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm(GMT+00:00) View in my time