Gavin Francis: Island Dreams
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The bestselling author of Adventures in Human Being and Empire Antarctica sets out to examine the importance of islands and isolation in our collective consciousness. Gavin Francis’s life of freedom over thirty years of extraordinary travel from the Faroe islands to the Aegean, the Galapagos to the Andaman Islands, contrasts with his life of responsibility as a doctor, community member and parent approaching middle age. Blending stories from his own travels with psychology, philosophy and great voyages from literature, he discusses these twinned poles of rest and motion, independence and attachment – never more relevant than in today’s perennially connected world. Chaired by Cathy Rentzenbrink.