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Literary Event, Sat 17 Nov 2018

KMLF: William Atkins – Desert Places

KMLF: William Atkins – Desert Places

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    One third of the earth’s land surface is desert, much of it desolate and inhospitable. What is it about this harsh environment that has captivated humankind throughout history?

    From the prophets of the Bible to Marco Polo, Lawrence of Arabia to Gertrude Bell, travellers have often seen deserts as cursed places to be avoided, or crossed as quickly as possible. But for those who call deserts home, the ‘hideous blanks’ described by explorers are rich in resources and significance.

    Travelling to five continents over three years, visiting deserts both iconic and little-known, William Atkins discovers a realm that is as much internal as physical. His journey takes him to the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter and Australia’s nuclear test grounds; the dry Aral Sea of Kazakhstan and ‘sand seas’ of China’s volatile north-west; the contested borderlands of Arizona and the riotous Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert; and the ancient monasteries of Egypt’s Eastern Desert. Along the way, Atkins illuminates the people, history, topography, and symbolism of these remarkable but often troubled places.

    Reviving the illustrious British tradition of travel writing, The Immeasurable World is destined to become a classic of desert literature.

    "In sublime prose that veers from startling human and natural history to dreamlike personal experience,The Immeasurable World brings apparently barren places to life in a brilliant, revelatory narrative. The author becomes a kind of sensor in the wilderness, electrically gathering together these stories. The result is is a book in which to get lost and find another world: not an arid, blank waste, but a richer, more extraordinary place than we ever suspected." - Philip Hoare

    "A treat for desert lovers ... Atkins is a gifted and interesting writer, with a deft turn of phrase and an original mind. He uncovers the many guises of the desert with much imagination, insight and wit." - Spectator

    'Desert Places' by William Atkins, published by Doubleday Publishing will be available to buy at our bookshop over the weekend.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 17 Nov 2018 13:30 to 15:00

    Prices

    £10.00

    Facilities

    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

    Picnic site nearby. Free admission to The Bakestone cafe at Abbot Hall.

    Contact

    Kendal Mountain Literature Festival

    Address

    Abbot Hall,
    Kendal,
    Cumbria,
    LA9 5AL

    Directions

    Plan route to Abbot Hall Art Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: SD 517921  Lat: 54.32298 Long: -2.74388

    From M6 jct 36 take A590 to Kendal. Come off dual-carriageway at Kendal south. Follow signs into town, Abbot Hall is well signed, next to Parish church.

    Just a short walk from Kendal Train Station. Swap onto the Lakes Line from Oxenholme and alight at Kendal.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Kendal station

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    Dining

    • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
    • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
    • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
    • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
      • YesVegetarian
      • YesVegan
    • YesBaby changing facilities
    • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
    • YesHigh chairs for children
    • YesChildren's menu
    • YesAudible alarm system

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