wilderness LECTURES

Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent on 15/11/2017 19:30

Advance £9.50, Door £10.00, Concession £9.00

Chemistry Theatre, University of Bristol
Ants in spaceman mode (c) Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent (aka Ants) is a travel writer, occasional TV producer and expedition organiser, with a particular penchant for travelling alone through remote regions. She's driven a pink tuk tuk 12,500 miles from Bangkok to Brighton, ridden a stupidly small motorbike down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, organised the longest horse race in the world, filmed with the BBC from Borneo to Bolivia and beyond, and organised vehicle-based expeditions in Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Siberia, South America, the Caucasus and more. Her third book, Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains: A journey across Arunachal Pradesh - India's forgotten frontier, was published by Simon & Schuster this June. She's also a director of Edge Expeditions, who run small group expeditions (by foot, motorcycle and boat) in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Bolivia, Armenia and more.


‘Remote, mountainous and forbidding, here shamans still fly through the night, hidden valleys conceal portals to other worlds, yetis leave footprints in the snow, spirits and demons abound, and the gods are appeased by the blood of sacrificed beasts’

A mountainous state clinging to the far north-eastern corner of India, Arunachal Pradesh – meaning ‘land of the dawn-lit mountains’ - has remained uniquely isolated. Steeped in myth and mystery, not since pith-helmeted explorers went in search of the fabled ‘Falls of the Brahmaputra’ has an outsider dared to traverse it. Travelling some 2,000 miles from the jungles of Assam to snowy Himalayan passes, in early 2016 Antonia set out to chronicle this forgotten corner of Asia. On the way she met shamans, hunters and lamas, attended fantastic tribal gatherings, uncovered little known stories from the Second World War and discovered a world and a way of living that are on the cusp of vanishing forever.

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