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Tracks, Trails and Other Journeys


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One woman ate, prayed and loved her way around the world, from New York to Bali. One walked across the Australian interior, with only camels and a dog for company. Another was born in Syria, grew up in Michigan and lived a gritty adult life in New York’s East Village art scene. And the man who was once Australian Adventurer of the Year rode the trail of Genghis Khan by horseback, from Hungary to Mongolia.

Four very different writers come together in conversation about their life journeys, through both physical and interior landscapes. How does landscape determine story and character? What role does autobiography play in grand narrative journeys?

Join Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love, The Signature of All Things), Robyn Davidson (Tracks), Tim Cope (On the Trail of Genghis Khan) and Rayya Elias (Harley Loco) as they interview each other about their stories, and their adventurous lives. Hosted by Jesse Martin.

Note: this event is at Aireys Inlet.


Rayya Elias

Rayya Elias is a Syrian-born author, filmmaker and musician. Her first book, Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side is published by Bloomsbury. She has worked as an art director, in hair and fashio. She has played in bands including Anc... Read more

Tim Cope

Tim Cope, F.R.G.S., is an award winning adventurer, author, and filmmaker with a special interest in the traditional cultures of Central Asia and Russia. He has studied as a wilderness guide in the Finnish and Russian subarctic, ridden a bicycle across Russia to China, and rowed a boat along the Yen... Read more

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her latest novel is The Signature of All Things. Her short story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and her novel Stern Men was a New York Times notable book. In 2002, she published The Last Am... Read more

Robyn Davidson

Robyn Davidson was born on a cattle property in Queensland. She moved to Sydney in the late Sixties, returning to study in Brisbane before going to Alice Springs to prepare for her journey across the Australian desert. Davidson’s first book Tracks was an international sensation, and was adapted in... Read more

Jesse Martin

Jesse Martin is an Australian sailor who in 1999 became the youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the world. He is the author of Lionheart, Kijana: The Real Story and I Do Believe Her Dark Clothes Were the Attraction.


Aireys Pub

45 Great Ocean Road Aireys Inlet Victoria 3231

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