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Of storms, trees and sunshine

Aloha! 

I can’t believe it has been nearly a year since I posted anything on my blog. And yet I can believe it, too. It has been an absolute corker of a year, for better and for worse. Hooray for Autumn and me both being here.

Part of all that I have met

In the spring of this year I rather fell apart. Swept away in the storms of PTSD and depression, it was a messy and frightening time. Spending time with horses, climbing trees and hugging them, paddling and swimming,  and lots of talking and time outside with friends who understood all helped and I am now much healed and stronger and wiser for it. 

Updates of this and that to follow in weeks to come, but for now a quick update on our film…

‘ Home’ the Film

Filmic Genius and gem of a human being Jen Randall is working her magic on ‘Home’, the film we are making of the London2London journey. It has been one heck of a journey making it and is shaping up into something we are both very proud of. We are aiming for sharing in Spring 2019, details to follow. 

Krista came all the way from Canada to paddle in Wales

Jen has been working with some of the Kickstarter supporters on their own film projects and I have been lucky enough to take 17 people paddling on the Thames, in return for their support. This weekend I have my final paddler – a surprise 18th present from a Mum to her daughter!

We are still looking for some final funding, so do email me ( hello@sarahouten.com) if you want to support it with purchase of my books, the film itself when it is ready or an online Skype call, talk or Paddle and Picnic. 

And thanks to everyone who has supported or sponsored so far. 

Go well,

Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

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Kickstarter launched : can you help?

 

Folks,

I know I’ve been quiet for a while, but there’s good reason for it – busy with projects and life. The most exciting of them all is this film project with kickass film maker Jen Randall. 

Fresh. Authentic. Dynamicly textured. Playful. Unafraid to delve deeply. Our feature film will be no straight narrative, but will explore the inner and outer journeys through a mix of film sequences, images, sound and text. Questions will thread the film, answered in a variety of ways, reflecting the curiosity that we know the story creates. How do you cope with the loneliness? Where do you go to the loo? How did you choose your route? How did you prepare mentally? How do you sleep ion the boat? What was it like coming home? 

And, of course, Why?

We launched our Kickstarter campaign yesterday, raising nearly £6K in 24 hours via 86 backers. It was so exciting watching the totals jump and skip upwards, and humbling to read the messages of support coming in for the film.

So, now to the hard graft of filling in the rest of our £40K target by 28th October. The way that Kickstarter works is that you only get the pledges if you reach or exceed your target. 

To do that we are calling on everyone we know and everyone they know, far and wide and wider still, to share, share, share the project and back us if you can. Rewards range from the film, to other films, to my books, to adventure mugs, film making sessions and picnics.

Here’s the link: Kickstarter : London2London

Thank you in advance!

 

Sarah

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Shortlisted |Tour Dates | Across the pond

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Happy New Year One and All, whichever side of the pond you are on…

2016 turned out to be quite a year of rollercoastering with some heady highs and dark lows.  It turns out that coming home after so long away was quite a challenge as everything settled and sorted.

I have various project in the pipeline, journeys of different kind – on water and on paper, with others and solo, so standby for occasional news and happenings.

Go well,

Sarah

Shortlisted

Dare to Do has bESABWeen well received so far in the UK and has even been shortlisted for the Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the year in the Edward Stanford Travel Awards. We’d love it if you fancied voting for Dare to Do here

USA/CA coming soon…

For friends across the pond in Canada and USA, the Dare to Do publication date is April 17th.  We are hoping to arrange a couple of tours – one of the east coast in the spring and one further west and north in the fall. Please do get in touch if you would be interested in supporting, sponsoring or hiring me in to join your organisation.

To pre order your copy click here: Amazon

UK Public Speaking dates below. Shout me out via hello@sarahouten.com if you would like to enquire about booking me to join your event.

All best,

Sarah

3rd February | Destinations Travel Show (LONDON)

£11| Website & ticketing here 

8th February | Wilderness Lectures (BRISTOL) 

7.30pm | £10| Website & ticketing here 

9th February |  Rucksack Club (Heaton Moor Sports Club, Stockport, SK4 2NF)

7.30pm | £10 (less for members) | Website & info here 

13th February | RGS (LONDON)

6.30pm | Fellows and members only |

27th March | RSGS| Easterbrook Hall (DUMFRIES)

7.30pm | Website and info here 

28th March | RSGS |  Scottish Borders Campus (GALASHIELS)

7.30 pm | Website and info here

29th March | RSGS| Ayr Town Hall (AYR)

7.30pm | Website and info here

30th March | RSGS|  Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

7.30pm | Website and info here

11th April | RGS| Shipham Village Hall (SOMERSET)

7.30 pm | £6 on the door | email: lineaalbia@aol.com

25th April | Stamford Arts Centre (LINCS) 

7.30 pm | £10 / 8 | Tickets via Stamford Arts Centre

 

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Upcoming public talks

Various folk keep asking me when I shall be giving a talk near them. For now I am mainly focussing on writing my book ‘Dare To Do’ (due out in November) but I do have a few planned public talks in coming months.

Hopefully these events might fit that description for some of you. They promise to be energetic, interesting nights or weekends out, stacked full of action and inspiration and more people than just me sharing journey tales.

Go well,

Sarah


CTF logoThe Cycle Touring Festival

27-30 May 2016

Wade Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire

BUY TICKETS £85 for the whole weekend – bargain!

‘…A weekend of talks, camping, planning and all things bicycle touring for anyone planning, thinking about or dreaming of a bike trip. There will be talks, workshops, drop-in sessions, practical advice and story telling…’

Lucy and I are both looking forwards to joining on Sunday and Monday. We shall be involved in a couple of sessions (Details & timings tba)

We are very excited as we have never been before – it promises to be a lot of fun.

Website: cycletouringfestival.co.uk @cycletourfest


 

Buxton Adventure Festival

Wednesday 15th June 2016, 7.30pm

Buxton Opera House, (Paviliian Arts Centre)

COST: £17.50 / £12.50 CONCESSIONS. BUY TICKETS

 

This is going to be a fun and funny night, I am sure, because I am sharing the stage with my very own sister-in-seasalt Justine Curgenven. Justine kayaked all the kayaking legs of my L2L journey with me so I know we will have a laugh up there. Justine will pave the way as support speaker and I shall be left to tell my side of the story as the main speaker.

Website: buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk


Adventure Travel Film Festival

Mill Hill School, London

12 – 14th August 2016

 BUY TICKETS £89 weekend pass, extras for workshops

The ATFF’s manifesto leads me to believe hat this is to be an action and inspiration-packed weekend:

1.To showcase the best independent adventure travel films ever made

2.To guarantee a platform for future adventure film-makers

3.To bring together the adventure travel community

4.We know that making a good film isn’t difficult — we will show you how

5.To have loads of fun while doing all the above.

 I shall be speaking at some point during the festival (timings tba)

The Sarah Outen Award

I am honoured to have had this award named after me. Run by the Adventure Travel Film Festival it is for a grant of £500 for an ‘Outstanding Human-Powered Expedition’.

Application details here

 


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TALK: Bristol, Wednesday 10th Feb

Folks,

 

This is one for those in the Southwest.

I am giving a talk on my L2L adventures on Wednesday 10th Feb (next week) at St George’s in Bristol, with all proceeds going to the brilliant Youth Adventure Trust. Tickets £10 via stgeorges.co.uk

I do hope that you will consider coming along if you are in the ‘hood – it is a great charity with many positive aims and outcomes for young people in the area.

 

Go well,

Sarah

 

Calling all Bristolians...

Calling all Bristolians…

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