Rory Stewart: Burma And Beyond
Burma And Beyond with Rory Stewart
In this era of digital interconnectivity, the life story of Rory Stewart reads more like that of the maverick 19th-century explorers whose off-grid travels in the remotest corners of Asia inspired many of his own adventures and writing.
Recruited to the Foreign Office after university, Rory first gained public notoriety for his role as a Coalition diplomat in the wake of the Iraq War, in the course of which his expertise and impassioned interviews on the conflict impressed presidents and prime ministers. Rory’s deep knowledge of Asia and the Middle East, however, predates his Iraq posting. Between 2000 and 2002, he undertook a series of extraordinary solo walks through Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nepal, sleeping in over 500 village houses and covering a total of 6,000 miles.
The experience sowed the seeds for some ground-breaking academic and charity work (Rory co-founded the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, which helps to regenerate parts of war-torn, rural Afghanistan), and inspired two award-winning travel books, The Places In Between (2006), and The Prince of the Marshes (2006), describing his trek through Afghanistan and sojourn in Iraq, respectively.
Followers of the contemporary political scene will have noted Rory now serves as an MP for Penrith and the Border, in Cumbria, and was recently given a role in Teresa May’s new cabinet as Minister of State at the Department for International Development
TransIndus are delighted to sponsor his talk on ‘Burma and Beyond’ for the Angus McDonald Trust, which raises funds for community projects in some of Myanmar’s poorest regions.
Time & Place
When: Thursday 15th December 2016
Time: Lecture starts at 19:00
Venue: The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Tickets are available from the Angus McDonald Trust.