LSE Literary Festival 2012: How literature and photography change the world we see

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February 22, 2012

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012
Time: 3-4.30pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Horatio Clare, Dr Alex Gillespie, Abigail King

This panel will discuss the relationship between perceptions and realities of travel, and the influence of travel literature and photography on tourist experiences.

Forum for European Philosophy and Department of Philosophy,Logic and Scientific Method Literary Festival event

Horatio Clare is an award-winning author, broadcaster, novelist and journalist. In 2008 he journeyed from South Africa to South Wales following migrating swallows, a journey he wrote about in A Single Swallow. His latest expedition took him from Felixstowe to Los Angeles on a 150,000 tonne container ship. Horatio writes regularly for Conde Nast Traveller and various national newspapers.

Alex Gillespie is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at LSE and Co-Editor of Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. He has over fifty publications, including three books. He is interested in tourism and tourist photography as an encounter with the other saturated in fantasy.

Abigail King is an experienced journalist and photographer who writes about travel for both print and online media. She has circled the globe twice, camped in the snows of Kilimanjaro and Patagonia and tracked down tigers, turtles and panda bears. She’s then had a hot shower and embraced the city life of New York, Rio, Paris and Tokyo.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #lselitfest

About the author 

Abi King

Abigail King is an award-winning journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, the BBC, Red, CNN and more.

She is one of the leading figures in the UK for blogging and social media in travel and her blog, Inside the Travel Lab, is described as one of the best in the world.

She loves mango chutney, Blackadder and marmite toast buttered just right.

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