Christian Lewis | From Hildasay to Home
Thu 18 Apr 2024 | 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Veteran Christian Lewis is a remarkable man with a remarkable story. He set out to walk the UK coastline, leaving his old life behind. After six years he finally finished his journey and found a family along the way. Crossing the finishing line on Rhossili beach in July 2023, they were met by crowds of supporters having raised half a million pounds for veterans’ charity SSAFA.
In conversation with Alex Clark.
Venue: TTP Stage (Cambridge Union)
Duration: 1 hour
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Christian Lewis, a former paratrooper, set off from Swansea to walk the entire coastline of the UK on 1 August 2017. Chris’ search for self-discovery, and to raise awareness and funds for the veterans’ charity SSAFA, would become a journey beyond his or anyone’s expectations. From raising over a half a million pounds to adopting a dog called Jet and finding love with fellow adventurer, Kate, he had no idea that when he started this once-in-a-life-time experience he would be crossing the finish line (some six years later) with a fiancée, a baby and renewed sense of purpose. Finding Hildasay, Christian’s book about the first half his journey, was released in 2023 and was a Sunday Times bestseller. His Facebook page ‘Chris Walks the UK’ now has over 150k followers and his story has received worldwide attention, a BAFTA-nominated documentary and featured on Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild.
Alex Clark is a broadcaster and journalist, who writes for many publications including the Guardian, the Observer, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a co-host on the Graham Norton Book Club for Audible and hosts the TLS podcast. She is a professional chairperson and appears all over the UK at Cheltenham, Hay and the Southbank Centre. Alex is a festival honorary patron.