Best-selling Travel Writer returns to Redland High School

Best-selling Travel Writer and former Writer in Residence at the South Pole, Sara Wheeler, returns to her former school for a public event, where she will talk about her career to date, on Friday 6 March.

Sara Wheeler attended Redland High School for Girls in Bristol in the 1970s. Since her time at the School she has gone on to write a number of travel books and was accepted by the US National Science Foundation as their first female writer-in-residence at the South Pole, spending seven months in Antarctica.

In her resultant book Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, she talked about sleeping in the captain’s bunk in Scott’s Hut. Whilst in Antarctica she read The Worst Journey in the World, an account of the Terra Nova Expedition, and she later wrote a biography of its author Apsley Cherry-Garrard. She also went on to narrate ‘To Strive and Seek’ on Radio 4, marking the centenary of Captain Scott’s Polar Expedition. Her book The Magnetic North: Travels in the Arctic was described by a journalist at the Daily Telegraph as a “snowstorm of historical, geographical and anthropological facts”.

In 1999 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and from 2005 to 2009 she served as Trustee of the London Library.

Caroline Bateson, Headmistress of Redland High School, said, “We are delighted to welcome Sara back to Redland High, and are looking forward to hearing more about her exciting career and the many places that it has taken her.”

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