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Literature Matters: RSL 200 – Colin Thubron in conversation with Michael Palin at the British Library

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Time 19:30
Date 15/11/21
Price £16

As part of British Library's Literature Matters: RSL 200 series, join two of the most prolific and well-regarded travel writers in a conversation about why literature matters to them.

President Emeritus of the Royal Society of Literature, Colin Thubron, and RSL Fellow, Sir Michael Palin, will be live on stage at the British Library. Following Colin’s most recent adventure, tracing the Amur River for 3,000 miles, this intimate conversation between friends is sure to span continents, decades and literary forms.

Colin Thubron is an acclaimed travel writer and novelist. His first books were about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled by car into the Soviet Union, a journey he described in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall, The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia, Shadow of the Silk Road and To a Mountain in Tibet. Colin’s latest book, The Amur River, Between Russia and China, was published by Chatto & Windus in September 2021. Colin was elected President of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010, and became President Emeritus in 2017. In 2020, he was named an RSL Companion of Literature.

Michael Palin is the author of ten travel books, two novels, and a non-fiction work. Michael’s work has taken him across the globe, from the dunes of the Sahara to the heights of the Himalayas, and retracing the steps of Ernest Hemingway across three continents. He has written and performed in the Monty Python series, Ripping Yarns and numerous travel documentaries, including Around the World in Eighty Days, Pole to Pole and Michael Palin in North Korea. Michael received a BAFTA Academy Fellowship award in 2013. His archive is housed at the British Library.

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COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend Colin Thubron in conversation with Michael Palin at the British Library at 19:30 on Monday 15 November 2021.


To enter the competition, send an email to jamie@run-riot.com with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: How many travel books has Michael Palin written?
A: .1)
2 .2) 4 .3) 8 .4) 10

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