Over the past 3 years, RSGS Writer-in-Residence, Jo Woolf has been immersed in the Society’s vast historical archive. The result: The Great Horizon, a brand new book which features some of the most exceptional adventure stories of the last 150 years, all of which have a connection to the RSGS. At her talk in Perth on Tuesday 13th February, Jo will be bringing these tales to life with a richly illustrated presentation and a subsequent Q+A session.

Featured in the talk will be tales from some of history’s most famous names, such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, Sir Edmund Hillary, Neil Armstrong, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Sir David Attenburgh. But it won’t just be the well-known who get a look in… Jo will use the evening to shine a light on some of the many remarkable adventurers, scientists and pioneers who have, perhaps unfairly, been left behind in history. These include individuals such as Sir Wally Herbert, Isobel Wylie Hutchison, Isabella Bird and Sir Hubert Wilkins, the latter of whom was the first person to fly over the vast expanse of the Arctic from Alaska to Spitsbergen.

Speaking about her upcoming talk, Jo said: “I have been repeatedly amazed, moved, entertained, and uplifted by these remarkable stories. The definition of exploration may have been re-shaped somewhat over the decades, but the courage and enduring spirit of explorers is still the same.  Having spent the last few years digging around in the archives of the RSGS, I want to share some of these extraordinary tales with you, and tell you how I came to write The Great Horizon.”

RSGS Chief Executive, Mike Robinson commented: “As our Writer-in-Residence, Jo has delved deep into the RSGS archives and unearthed some truly fascinating stories from our history. We hope that the wonderful insights in Jo’s talk – along with her accompanying book – will encourage people to want to learn more about these great men and women, perhaps ultimately inspiring them to head into the wild on their own adventures.”

During the event, Jo and two other volunteers for the Society, Freda Ross and John Lewington will be awarded Honorary Fellowships. This prestigious award is being presented to each volunteer for their enthusiasm and steadfast commitment over many years in helping deliver and support the work of the RSGS.

Jo’s talk is open to all and tickets are available via rsgs.org or at the door. The talk will start at 7:30pm on Tuesday 13th February in the Salutation Hotel, 34 South Street, Perth, PH2 8PH.

For more information please see rsgs.org or call RSGS HQ on 01738 455050.