Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events
27 – 30 September
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Lois Pryce – Revolutionary Ride
September 30 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm£10.00
Lois Pryce is an adventurer. To be precise, Lois Pryce is an adventurer on a motorbike.
She first discovered a love of the open road aged 13, on a cycling trip round Cornwall with three schoolfriends. Pedal power gave way to horsepower: after working her way through a series of classic British motorcycles – her ‘old flames’ – she bought a trail bike, jacked in her office job and rode 20,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina, a journey recounted in Lois on the Loose (2007).
Numerous daredevil trips followed, including from London to Cape Town, via the Sahara desert, the jungles of the Congo and the minefields of Angola, recorded in Red Tape and White Knuckles (2009).
The catalyst for Revolutionary Ride was a note left on her bike in London: “I have seen your motorbike and I think that you have travelled to many countries. But I wonder, have you been to my country? That is Iran.” The resulting journey was, she writes “an endlessly surprising experience that forced me to change my outlook about Iran, the Islamic world and to ultimately confront my own preconceptions.”
All that and she ‘picks’ banjo in the UK’s only all-woman bluegrass band, the Jolenes.