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Chronicling his local adventures in the Cambridgeshire Fens as a young child and his return to fishing as an adult, the talk provides an intimate and interesting look at Will rediscovering his childhood love of fishing.

Growing up near to King’s Lynn, Will never felt more at home than when he was out with his granddad on the riverbank, whiling away the day catching fish. As he grew older his competitive urge to catch more and bigger fish led him away from that natural connection between him, his grandfather and the rivers of his home. That is, until the fateful day he let a record-breaking sand eel slip through his fingers and he knew that he had lost the magic of those days down by the river, and that something had to change.

Will meanders his way through family history, passion, loss and discovery in this engaging and heart-warming talk, where Will’s tales both past and present take centre stage. The talk is part of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Regional Theatres Programme.


A little more about Will:

Will spent his twenties criss-crossing the forests of remotest West Papua in search of ancient tribal trade routes, before his solo descent of a West African river. He survived cerebral malaria and that journey was made into an acclaimed series for BBC Radio 4. Last year he lived alongside Aboriginal whale harpooners as part of his television series Hunters of the South Seas for BBC Two. He also writes regularly for Geographical, Outdoor Fitness, The Daily Telegraph and Vice magazine.

Ticket Information:

Tuesday 17th July at 6.15pm King’s Lynn Festival, St George’s Guildhall, 29 King St, King's Lynn PE30 1HA
£10.00 - £12.00 – Tickets available here


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1. For further media enquiries, interview requests and photographs, please contact the RGS-IBG’s Press Officer, Giulia Macgarr, at or 020 7591 3019

2. The Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography. Formed in 1830, our Royal Charter of 1859 is for 'the advancement of geographical science'. Today, we deliver this objective through developing, supporting and promoting geographical research, expeditions and fieldwork, education, public engagement, and geography input to policy. We aim to foster an understanding and informed enjoyment of our world. We hold the world'slargest private geographical collection and provide public access to it. We have a thriving Fellowship and membership and offer the professional accreditation 'Chartered Geographer’.