On the Road in Search of the Real Iran
with Lois Pryce
NEXT : Friday October 11th 2019
7.00 for a 7.30 start
£15, includes soup supper & glass of wine
Outside the Iranian Embassy in London, in 2011, at the height of tension between the British and Iranian governments, travel writer Lois Pryce found a note left on her motorcycle:
"I wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country. WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS!!! Please come to my city, Shiraz. It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran, it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine!!!
Your Persian friend,
Intrigued, Lois decides to ignore the official warnings against travel (and the warnings of her friends and family) and sets off alone on a 3,000 mile ride through Iran, to try to uncover the heart of this most complex and beguiling country. Along the way, she meets carpet sellers and drug addicts, war veterans and housewives, doctors and teachers - people living ordinary lives under the rule of an extraordinarily strict Islamic government.
Revolutionary Ride is the story of a people and a country. Religious and hedonistic, practical and poetic, modern and rooted in tradition - and with a wild sense of humour and appreciation of beauty despite the comparative lack of freedom - this is real contemporary Iran.
Lois is a British travel writer, broadcaster and author who was named by the Telegraph as one of its 10 Great Female Travellers. She has written three books about her solo motorcycle travels throughout the world and her writing has appeared in the Telegraph, Guardian, New York Times, BBC, CNN, The Independent. She is a regular contributor to BBC radio's From Our Own Correspondent.
In 2003 she left her job at the BBC in London to ride her motorcycle from Alaska to the tip of South America. Upon her return she wrote the book of this trip, Lois on the Loose, which was published in the USA and the UK and translated into several languages.
In 2006 she set off from London to motorcycle the length of Africa, taking in the Sahara, the Congo and Angola. Her second book, Red Tape & White Knuckles is the story of this adventure.
In 2013/14 she made two solo tours of Iran on her motorcycle which is the subject of her latest book, Revolutionary Ride.
She is also a co-founder of the Adventure Travel Film Festival, which takes place annually in the UK and Australia. She gives talks all over the world.
SUNDAY MOVIE : 6th October: Inside Job (2010)
Friday 8 November: Mike Jay– Mescaline, A Global History
Saturday 16th November : Michael Loader – Stories & Music from the Middle East
Friday 22 November: Gavin Pretor-Pinney – A Cloud A Day
SUNDAY 8th December: Christmas Jolly – silent movie with live music accompaniment (like in olden times)