Vicarious Festival 2020 Programme

To give you a sense of what we had planned for the Vicarious Festival in 2020, here's the programme of talks and panel discussions.

The schedule for what3words Workshops is available here.

FRIDAY, 11TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

THE BARN
12:00 - 13:00
JINI REDDY
JINI REDDY

WANDERLAND

A journey to connect with the magical in the landscapes of Britain, and to the joy of finding your place in the world.

13.30 - 14.30
ADAM WEYMOUTH
ADAM WEYMOUTH

KINGS OF THE YUKON

The Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Book of the Year tells the story of a four-month canoe trip down the Yukon river, investigating the king salmon’s decline.

15:00 - 16:00
TRAVEL WRITING COMPETITION
TRAVEL WRITING COMPETITION

Meet our three shortlisted authors and listen to readings from their unpublished work. Then vote for your favourite. This session will be repeated on Saturday at 14:30.

16.30 - 17.30
ZAHRA HANKIR
ZAHRA HANKIR

OUR WOMEN ON THE GROUND

Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it’s like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection.

18:00 - 19:00
CAROLINE EDEN
CAROLINE EDEN

BLACK SEA

Exploring interconnecting culinary cultures on a journey between the three great cities of Odessa, Istanbul and Trabzon.

20:00 - 21:00
JONATHAN CHATWIN
JONATHAN CHATWIN

LONG PEACE STREET

A journey in modern China, a walk of twenty miles across Beijing offering a very personal encounter with the life of the capital’s streets.

21:00 - 23:00
LIVE MUSIC
LIVE MUSIC

Details to be announced.

THE HALL
13:00 - 15:00
IS TRAVEL WRITING AN OUTMODED CONCEPT?
IS TRAVEL WRITING AN OUTMODED CONCEPT?

Panel discussion chaired by Sophy Roberts, with Tim Hannigan, Tanya Shadrick, Dan Richards and Vicarious Festival patron, Catherine Fairweather.

16:00 - 18:00
DE-COLONISING TRAVEL WRITING
DE-COLONISING TRAVEL WRITING

Panel discussion chaired by Meera Dattani, with Jini Reddy, Noo Saro-Wiwa and Vicarious Festival patron, Dr. Pragya Agarwal.

SATURDAY, 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

THE BARN
10:00 - 11:00
DAN RICHARDS
DAN RICHARDS

OUTPOST: A JOURNEY TO THE WILD ENDS OF THE EARTH

Dan explores the appeal and pull of far-flung shelters in mountains, tundra, forests, oceans and deserts – landscapes which have inspired writers, artists and musicians.

11.30 - 12.30
FEARGHAL O'NUALLAIN
FEARGHAL O'NUALLAIN

THE KINDESS OF STRANGERS

A collection of stories by accomplished travellers and adventurous souls, who explore what it means to be vulnerable and to be helped by someone they’ve never met before.

13:00 - 14:00
WILLIAM ATKINS
WILLIAM ATKINS

THE IMMEASURABLE WORLD: JOURNEYS IN DESERT PLACES

Based on William’s three-year journey on five continents, illuminating the people, history, topography, and symbolism of these remarkable but often troubled places. 2019 Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year.

14.30 - 15.30
TRAVEL WRITING COMPETITION
TRAVEL WRITING COMPETITION

Your last chance to meet our three shortlisted authors and listen to readings from their unpublished work. Then vote for your favourite.

16:00 - 17:00
NOO SARO-WIWA
NOO SARO-WIWA

LOOKING FOR TRANSWONDERLAND: TRAVELS IN NIGERIA

An engaging portrait of a country whose beauty and variety few of us will experience. The Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year 2012.

17.30 - 18.30
TIM ECOTT
TIM ECOTT

THE LAND OF MAYBE: A FAROE ISLANDS YEAR

Tim captures the essence of ‘slow life’ on the 18 windswept islands that make up the Faroes in the North Atlantic.

19.30 - 20:00
AWARDS CEREMONY
AWARDS CEREMONY

The winners of the Norman Lewis Memorial Award for New Travel Writing and the Isabella Bird Memorial Award for Travel Photography will be announced.

20:00 - 21:00
THE FREYA STARK LECTURE by SOPHY ROBERTS
THE FREYA STARK LECTURE by SOPHY ROBERTS

The 2020 Freya Stark Lecture will be given by Sophy Roberts, on the subject of her acclaimed new book The Lost Pianos of Siberia, with an introduction and Q&A by Vicarious Festival patron, Catherine Fairweather.

21:00 - 23:00
LIVE MUSIC
LIVE MUSIC

Details to be announced.

THE HALL
10:30 - 12:30
GOING SLOW: A MORE RESPECTFUL WAY TO TRAVEL?
GOING SLOW: A MORE RESPECTFUL WAY TO TRAVEL?

Panel discussion chaired by Lola Akinmade Åkerström, with Emma Thomson, Nick Jubber, and Peter Fiennes.

15:30 - 17:30
MIGRATION STORYTELLING: WHEN TRAVEL ISN'T BY CHOICE
MIGRATION STORYTELLING: WHEN TRAVEL ISN'T BY CHOICE

Panel discussion chaired by Jonathan Chatwin, with Zahra Hankir, George Butler, Alice Morrison and Fearghal O’Nuallain.

SUNDAY, 13TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

THE BARN
11:00 - 12:00
NICK JUBBER
NICK JUBBER

EPIC CONTINENT

A journey from Turkey to Iceland in the shadow of Europe’s most enduring epic tales.

12.30 - 13.30
PETER FIENNES
PETER FIENNES

FOOTNOTES: A JOURNEY ROUND BRITAIN IN THE COMPANY OF GREAT WRITERS

Peter searches for signs of what his absent guides once saw and, through their words, opens up a new way of seeing what is there today.

14:00 - 15:00
ALICE MORRISON
ALICE MORRISON

ADVENTURES IN MOROCCO

Alice’s third book tells the story of her fascinating new life in Morocco, from the Souks to the Sahara.

15.30 - 16.30
JULIAN SAYARER
JULIAN SAYARER

FIFTY MILES WIDE

Julian’s fifth book documents by bicycle the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

17:00 - 18:00
ANITA SETHI
ANITA SETHI

I BELONG HERE: A JOURNEY ALONG THE BACKBONE OF BRITAIN

Anita’s story is one of resistance and perseverance in the wake of being the victim of a hate crime on the TransPennine railway, as she embarks on a symbolic journey to walk the Pennines.

20:00 - 22:00
LIVE MUSIC
LIVE MUSIC

Details to be announced.

THE HALL
11:00 - 13:00
ABROAD: TRAVELLING, WRITING, AND THE ETHICS OF TRAVEL WRITING
ABROAD: TRAVELLING, WRITING, AND THE ETHICS OF TRAVEL WRITING

Panel discussion chaired by William Atkins, with Anita Sethi, Julian Sayarer, Caroline Eden and Vicarious Festival patron, Dr. Pragya Agarwal.

15:00 - 17:00
TRAVEL IN THE SHADOW OF CLIMATE CHANGE
TRAVEL IN THE SHADOW OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Panel discussion chaired by Tim Ecott, with Sara Evans, Adam Weymouth, and Nori Jemil.