Hong Kong Book Fair 2017 Sara Wheeler
Friday 21 July 2017 - 19.00

Access All Areas: In conversation with Sara Wheeler

Co-organised by the British Council and Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Date: Friday, 21 July 2017
Time: 19.00 - 20.30
Venue: Room S222-223, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai
Speaker: Sara Wheeler (United Kingdom)
Moderator: Kate Whitehead 
Conducted in English
Free admission. Register HERE

What’s the point of travel writing? Sara Wheeler talks about the genre – including her heroes and villains – and makes a case for the value of travel writing in the literary canon. Critics like to say that travel writing is dead, now that we’ve been everywhere – and after all we’re not far short of package tours to the moon. But Wheeler disagrees, and will tell you why. She ends her talk with an illustrated jog through an extended trip over many months she made to the Arctic – some years after she had written her bestselling book about the other Pole, Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica.  Wheeler looks forward to taking your questions!  

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About the writer and moderator

About Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler is a prize-winning non-fiction writer. Her books include the international bestseller Terra Incognita, which tells the story of a seven-month journey in Antarctica. The Daily Telegraph reviewer wrote of it, ‘I do not think there will ever be a better book written about the Antarctic.’ Other books include The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle (winner of the Banff Adventure Travel Prize), and Access All Areas: Selected Writings, 1990-2010. Sara is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Contributing Editor of The Literary Review and a Trustee of The London Library. She contributes to a wide range of publications in the UK and US and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio.

About Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a Hong Kong-based journalist, and holds a BA in Literature (Warwick University) and an MA in Literature (Sussex University). The author of two Hong Kong crime books - After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders - she was on staff at the South China Morning Post and then editor of Cathay Pacific's inflight magazine Discovery. She is now a freelance journalist, and over the last three years has reported from North Korea, Myanmar, China, Peru, Ecuador and Antarctica as well as covering local stories.