AN INTERVIEW WITH: Levison Wood

Best-selling author and TV presenter Levison Wood is coming to the Wyvern on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 and we had a few questions for him.

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You’re currently on another long walk. Can you give us a sneak preview of where you’ve been?

This autumn I’ve been walking the length of Central America from Mexico to Colombia, 1700 miles through some of the harshest jungles on earth. I’ve been filming it myself, with a light footprint crew who came out in stages. Channel 4 will be airing it in early spring 2017. It’s been challenging tough terrain at times, but an incredible, eye-opening journey so far. I’m really looking forward to sharing it with everyone.

Where’s your favourite place to write?

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It depends where I am, but I’ve moved into a new house recently and built a little library with a nice old desk and views out over the park, so that’s where I’ll finish writing my book.

You’re going to be touring the UK in spring. What sorts of stories are you planning to share?

Without wanting to spoil the surprise, I plan to talk about my latest expedition ‘Walking the Americas’ as well as what has inspired me along the way, and how I went from being in the Parachute Regiment to forging a career as an explorer. I’ll talk about the challenges and pitfalls; the dangers and the rewards of a career as a professional traveller. I’ll also share some stories from ‘behind the scenes’ that don’t make it into the TV series.

Describe your show in three words

Why we travel.

What do you enjoy most about touring?

I do a fair few shows and events each year, ranging from small intimate venues to concert halls, but this is my first big tour on this scale. I love the challenge of speaking in front of hundreds of people and trying to keep them entertained. It’s great to be able to share my experiences.

If you could invite ten special guests (living or dead) to sit in the front row, who would they be?

I’d invite my exploration heroes along, although it would be terrifying to speak in front of the likes of Captain Scott, David Livingstone, Burton, Speke, Stanley Samuel Baker, Eric Newby and Shackleton. I also really wish my grandparents could be there. They passed away before I started doing all of this. Luckily, my parents try to come along to at least one or two of my shows. That’s more than ten, isn’t it?

Do you ever get stage fright?

I sometimes still get nervous before an event, but you have to get on with it. I haven’t frozen yet.