Venue: The Bowling Green.

Huw Lewis-Jones travels in the Arctic and Antarctica each year as a polar guide. He was formerly Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, and the National Maritime Museum, London. His books include The Conquest of Everest and The Crossing of Antarctica. Kari Herbert, daughter of explorer Sir Wally Herbert, is the author of The Explorer’s Daughter, In Search of the South Pole and Heart of the Hero.

Their latest book Explorers’ Sketchbooks is a celebration of exploration told through the journals and sketchbooks – many published for the first time – of 70 explorers, from the 16th century to the present day.

Despite dramatic advances in technology and equipment over the centuries, there is one vital piece of kit in most explorers’ pockets that hasn’t changed much at all – the journal. Huw Lewis-Jones and Kari Herbert will take you on a captivating journey through the on-the-spot reactions of 70 explorers as they journeyed into frozen wastes, high mountains, barren deserts and rich rainforests. Their deliberately eclectic selection features famous faces, including Captain Scott, Charles Darwin, Thor Heyerdahl and Abel Tasman, as well as many that deserve to be better known, such as Adela Breton, who braved the jungles of Mexico to make an unparalleled record of Maya monuments, and Alexandra Tinne, who died in her attempt to be the first woman to cross the Sahara. Huw and Kari will bring to life the achievements of pioneering explorers and map-makers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries, men and women.