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Discovering Places

As part of our aim to promote understanding of the world's peoples, places and environments, the Discovering Places series engages people with their travel destinations.

We hold three Discovering Places evenings each year focusing on areas of the world that are remote, have only recently become accessible or are rapidly changing. Each evening features a panel of experts on the destination who talk about their experiences and answer questions from the audience. Exhibitor stands provide further information, travel ideas and inspiration.

Previous destinations include Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Rwanda, Madagascar, Belize, Colombia, Libya, West Bengal and Sikkim, Mongolia, Bhutan, Kamchatka, Mozambique, Guyana, Brunei, Patagonia, the Canadian Arctic, Jordan and Indonesia.

Discovering Senegal

Thursday 26 May 7.00pm–9.00pm

An informative evening for first-time travellers to Senegal. Network with exhibitors, share plans with fellow travellers and ask questions of our expert panel.

About our panel:

Mark Weston is a researcher, policy consultant and writer on global issues, and the author of the West Africa travel memoir The ringtone and the drum. As well as writing academic papers on public health and international development, he is a contributor to the BBC, Roads & Kingdoms, Slate magazine, South Africa's Mail & Guardian, and the foreign affairs blog globaldashboard.org. Mark's recent documentary Jihadis of the soul, about Senegal’s largest Muslim brotherhood, was broadcast on Radio 4's From our own correspondent.

Rose Skelton is a writer, photographer and journalist who lived in Senegal for over a decade; her reporting work on West Africa covers politics, religion, travel, current affairs, economics, culture, arts and sports and her speciality and area of greatest personal interest is African music. Rose has contributed to publications including The Guardian, International Herald Tribune, Reuters, the Independent, The Times and Africa Report and she has worked on news and radio for the BBC.

William Dawson is an architect whose projects for a local company in Senegal have ranged from 5-star hotels to schools and private houses. William became very interested in Senegal's birdlife following a visit from a keen birdwatcher uncle who shared his love of the country. He has recently returned to London, and although he travelled quite widely during the seven years he lived in Senegal, there are still some parts he would like to visit.

Our panel will share their experiences, travel inspiration, practical advice and up-to-date knowledge of Senegal.

  • Kensington Gore doors open at 6.30pm and attendees may browse exhibitor tables
  • Presentations and discussion will start at 7.00pm, followed by further networking/exhibitors at 8.15pm
  • Event ends at 9.00pm
  • Admittance is by ticket only

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