Buxton Adventure Festival hosts cyclist Dervla Murphy

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Travel writer Dervla Murphy at her home in Lismore, Co Waterford.  Picture Dan Linehan
Irish Examiner News Picture 01-10-2011 Saturday Social Page Travel writer Dervla Murphy at her home in Lismore, Co Waterford. Picture Dan Linehan
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Top female adventurers will appear in the Buxton Adventure Festival when it restarts after the summer break.

On September 21, the monthly mini-festival will see octogenarian touring cyclist, adventurer and author Dervla Murphy in conversation with award winning documentary film maker Claire Carter.

Dervla published her first book in 1965 after a cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan and India. More than 50 years later, she has authored more than 20 titles, achieving worldwide praise and numerous awards.

She continues to travel the world and remains passionate about politics, conservation, bicycling and beer.

Claire Carter, co-director of multi-award winning film Operation Moffatt, will be the support speaker as well as quizzing Dervla on her adventure-packed life.

The mini-festival will conclude with a showing of Come on Eileen, a film about Eileen Sheridan who defied the odds to become a professional in the 1950s, setting records that stood for decades.

Finally, self-proclaimed obsessive swimmer and photographer, Vivienne Rickman-Poole will present an audiovisual show of her adventures swimming in the lakes of Snowdonia.

Festival director Matt Heason said: “We can’t wait to restart the BAF calendar with such an epic line-up of inspiring women.”

To book tickets, contact 01298 72190 or visit www.
buxtonopeprahouse.org.uk