Sunday 17 November 2019 at 14:30
Abbot Hall Social Centre
Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth
with Dan Richards
Welcome to the middle of nowhere.
Join Dan Richards as he journeys to some of the world’s less-traveled places. An exploration of the outposts set along the edges of civilisation and the impact that visiting these has on the human spirit.
Through a series of personal journeys, Dan explores the appeal of far-flung outposts in mountains, tundra, forests, oceans and deserts. These are landscapes that speak of deep time, whose scale can knock us down to size. Their untamed nature is part of their beauty and such places have long drawn the adventurous, the spiritual and the artistic.
For those who go in search of the silence, isolation and adventure of wilderness it is – perhaps ironically – to man-made shelters that they often need to head; to bothies, bivouacs, camps and sheds. Part of the allure of such refuges is their simplicity: enough architecture to keep the weather at bay but not so much as to distract from the natural world.
Following a route from the Cairngorms of Scotland to the fire-watch lookouts of Washington State, from Iceland’s ‘Houses of Joy’ to the Utah desert; frozen ghost towns in Svalbard to shrines in Japan; Roald Dahl’s Metro-land writing hut to a lighthouse in the North Atlantic, Richards explores landscapes which have inspired writers, artists and musicians, and asks: why are we drawn to wilderness? What can we do to protect them? And what does the future hold for outposts on the edge?
Richards’s prose is by turns beautiful, funny, evocative and learned, the pages illuminated by lovely, warming footnotes.
About the author
Dan Richards is the co-author of Holloway (with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood) and the author of The Beechwood Airship Interviews and Climbing Days. He has written for the Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Caught by the River, Monocle and the Quietus. He is an RLF Fellow at Bristol University.
Find Dan at @Dan_Zep