GIBUNCO
GIBRALTAR INTERNATIONAL
LITERARY FESTIVAL

15th – 18th November 2018

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Levison Wood

Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Lev studied History at the University of Nottingham, before attending Sandhurst and serving as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, including Operation Herrick 8 in Afghanistan. His journalism has taken him to Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, North and South Sudan, most of Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Nepal and South East Asia, with his resulting work featuring on C4, BBC, National Geographic, Forbes Magazine and CNN, amongst others. He has interviewed and photographed some of the most prominent names in the international community, from Hollywood actor George Clooney to travel writer Paul Theroux.

In late 2014, Levison completed a 9 month expedition walking the length of the Nile, filmed for a C4 and Animal Planet US series airing in spring 2015 to great critical acclaim. Lev’s book of the same name was a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller for four weeks and an Amazon USA Best Book of the Year.

In June 2015, Lev embarked upon another great adventure, trekking 1700 miles across the roof of the world. At altitudes of over 5000m, Levison travelled through some of the most remote, beautiful and perilous places on earth, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Line of Control with India, the disputed territory of Kashmir, before witnessing Nepal in recovery and completing his journey in the breathtaking mountains of Bhutan. In a journey of some four million steps, Levison immersed himself in local life, including yak-herding with the Wakhi tribe, playing Buzkashi with the Kyrgyz and meeting shamen, separatist fighters and people rebuilding their lives after natural disasters. The TV series launched in January 2016 and his book 'Walking The Himalayas' was awarded Adventure Travel Book of the Year. For the final part of the Walking The... trilogy, Levison travelled 1700 miles from Mexico to Colombia, via Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama’s infamously challenging Darien Gap. His adventures were documented for the C4 series 'Walking The Americas' and Lev's accompanying book became a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller and one of the New York Times' Best Summer Reads.

Lev's most recent televised expedition 'From Russia To Iran: Crossing The Wild Frontier' aired on C4 in August 2017 as a 4 x 60' series, whilst his latest book 'Eastern Horizons' (about his travels in 2004 as a 22 year old man hitchhiking along the Silk Road) was published in November and also shortlisted for the Adventure Travel Book of the Year. In January 2018 Levison returned from a 5000 mile 5 month journey 'by any means' across 13 countries of the Arabian Peninsula. He is currently producing a documentary series and book about his experiences. In October 2018, Levison will embark on a new national theatre tour, following his successful 32 date show 'An Evening with Levison Wood' which attracted audiences of between 600 to 1000 attendees per night. He has an avid following of around 142k across his social media channels.

Attracted to foreign climes and adventure since a young age, Levison has travelled and worked in over 100 countries worldwide. He has led pioneering journeys into undiscovered regions, including the first ever successful walk across Madagascar, coast to coast; scientific research in Burundi, mountain climbing in Iraq, and a horse riding expedition retracing the steps of the explorers of the Great Game in search of the river Oxus. In 2011 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.