The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

Tom Parfitt and Rebecca Lowe: Modern Odysseys – From the Caucasus to Tehran

Date: 16th September
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre

Tom and Rebecca are writers who both made extraordinary and dangerous journeys. Scarred by his experiences as a journalist, especially the Beslan school siege, Tom undertook a thousand-mile walk in search of personal peace across Georgia, Chechnya and Dagestan, from the Black to the Caspian Seas.

Rebecca cycled some 7000 miles across Europe and the Middle East to Tehran. Hers was an odyssey through landscapes and history that captured her heart, as well as a deeply challenging cycle across mountains, deserts and repressive police states. Plagued by punctures and battling temperatures ranging from -6 to 48C, she was rescued frequently by farmers and refugees, villagers and urbanites alike, and relied almost entirely on the kindness and hospitality of locals.

Tom and Rebecca reflect on the wisdom of their journeys, and what they learned.