The author of Climbing Days and co-author of Holloway, Dan Richards is coming to Corbridge to talk us through his new book, Outpost: A Journey To The Wild Ends of the Earth.
“Dan Richards’ prose is a joy to read” – Nigel Slater
There are still wild places out there on our over-crowded planet. Wildernesses, seemingly untouched by man’s hand: mountains, tundra, forests, oceans and deserts. These are landscapes that speak of deep time, whose scale can knock us down to size. Their wildness is part of their beauty and such places have long drawn the adventurous, the spiritual, the artistic.
For those who go in search of the isolation, silence and adventure of wild places it is – perhaps ironically – to the man-made shelters that they need to head; the outposts: bothies, bivouacs, cabins and huts. Part of their allure is their simplicity: enough architecture to shelter from the weather but not so much as to distract from the immediate environment around.
Following a route from the Cairngorms of Scotland to the fire-watching huts of Washington State, from Iceland’s Houses of Joy to the desert of New Mexico, and from the frozen beauty of Svalbard to a lighthouse perched in the Atlantic, Dan Richards uncovers landscapes which have inspired writers, artists and musicians, and asks: why are we drawn to wilderness? And how do wild places become a space for inspiration and creativity?
We hope you will join us, and Dan, Thursday 11th April, here at The Chapel, Corbridge. Doors will be open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets are available now at £5.00 which includes welcome drink on arrival.
We hope to see you soon!