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Lois Pryce, Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran
Thu 27 April 2017, 18:30 – 19:45 BST
In 2011, at the height of tension between the British and Iranian governments, travel writer Lois Pryce found a note left on her motorcycle outside the Iranian Embassy in London: ...I wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country. WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS!!! Please come to my city, Shiraz. It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran, it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine!!! Your Persian friend, Habib
Intrigued, Lois decides to ignore the official warnings against travel (and the warnings of her friends and family) and set off alone on a 3,000 mile ride from Tabriz to Shiraz, to try to uncover the heart of this most complex and incongruous country. Along the way, she meets carpet sellers and drug addicts, war veterans and housewives, doctors and teachers - people living ordinary lives under the rule of an extraordinarily strict Islamic government.
In this illustraed talk, Lois shares her experiences of the real Iran, the Persian people, their traditions and how they welcomed her.
Tickets £4 (in store or online at Stanfords.eventbrite.com, redeemable against cost of Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran by Lois Pryce)