Word Nights | Exploration and the Word

  • CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust)
  • January 21
  • 19:00 - 21:30
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CAST Word Nights presents Exploration and the Word

Free admission, all welcome
Food will be available in CAST Café after the event for £10. Please email cafe@c-a-s-t.org.uk or text 07814101551 to book your place for food.

This evening at CAST will focus on the relationship between exploration and the written word. Exploration can involve exotic places, heroism, and death-defying odds. It can be motivated by a desire for discovery and adventure, but perhaps often stems from something more primal. Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon explained: ‘It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, it’s an imperative’.

Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian, editor, broadcaster and formerly a Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. His partner, Kari Herbert, is the daughter of polar explorer Sir Wally Herbert, and spent the first few years of her life living on a remote island in the arctic with the Polar Inuit of Northwest Greenland. She has continued to travel extensively ever since.

Huw Lewis-Jones and Kari Herbert co-authored the book Explorer’s Sketchbooks, released in September 2016. This book brings to life the accounts of an array of intrepid pioneers, map-makers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries. Some are acclaimed figures, such as Captain Scott and Charles Darwin; others deserve to be better known, like Adela Breton, who braved the jungles of Mexico to make an unparalleled record of Maya monuments, and Alexandrine Tinne, who died in her attempt to be the first woman to cross the Sahara. They will talk through some of the images and accounts they’ve uncovered while writing the book, and discuss the relationship between exploration and the written word.

Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski House, The Spirit-Wrestlers and The Levelling Sea. His most recent book, Rising Ground tells the story of a walk through Cornwall from Bodmin Moor to Land’s End in the far South West, exploring the idea of place and our relationship to landscape. Last summer Philip sailed single-handed up the West Coast of Ireland. Few of the world’s coastlines offer such a rich tradition of folk beliefs, phantom islands, shape-shifting and poetic lore. He will be carrying on to Scotland’s Western Isles this summer and his account will be published by Granta in 2018. He will read from his work in progress, and talk about some of his encounters along the way.

Programmed by Colin Midson