• Oundle Festival of Literature
  • Oundle Bridge
  • Oundle Sunset
  • Oundle Countryside
  • Oundle Information
  • Oundle Events
  • Oundle
  • Oundle Town View
  • North Street Oundle

Benedict Allen: Ultimate Explorer

1st November 2018
Venue: The Great Hall, Oundle School PE8 4GH
Time: 7.30pm

We are delighted to announce that Benedict Allen, one of the world’s most renowned adventurer-explorers, will be coming to Oundle as part of his brand-new tour of the UK.

Benedict Allen will tell the whole unvarnished truth of his most recent adventure – a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea, during which he filmed his journey to visit a community he had befriended thirty years earlier – when he hit the headlines after failing to turn up for a flight to Hong Kong, prompting his friends and family, and eventually the world media, to become concerned for his wellbeing.

Benedict will recall the highs and lows of this awe-inspiring trip, tell exhilarating tales from his life as an explorer and show never-before-seen material from his travels across the globe.

‘Part of history of television’ – Mark Thompson, Former Director General, BBC

‘This is a hugely exciting venture for me. I can’t wait to travel the UK and share my experiences of some of the most testing, but also wonderfully inspiring, corners of the globe’ Benedict Allen

Regularly filming his intrepid expeditions, Benedict’s most recent television series was Birds Of Paradise: The Ultimate Quest (BBC Two), a two-part series which aired in February 2017, in which Allen was joined by BBC Security Correspondent and avid birdwatcher Frank Gardner. Allen’s goal was to help Gardner, a wheel-chair user, fulfil his lifelong dream of seeing birds-of-paradise.

His six series for the BBC include Travellers’ Century, Skeleton Coast, Edge of Blue Heaven, Last of the Medicine Men and Ice Dogs. He also recently presented Adventures for Boys: The Lost World of Ryder Haggard and was a contributor for BBC Two’s Extreme Dreams.

Benedict has written two best-selling books amongst his total ten books, which include The Faber Book of Exploration and Into the Abyss. He has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines and is a hugely popular corporate motivational speaker.

In 2010 Benedict became a trustee and member of council of the Royal Geographical Society.

This is a two hour event including a twenty minute interval. Suitable for all ages.




Tickets £16.00 (£13.00), available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.

Open hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm Mon to Fri: Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk

Any queries call Helen on 07743988181 or email oundlelitfestival@hotmail.co.uk