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On Thursday, June 14th author and journalist Isambard Wilkinson will return to the land of his grandmother to discuss his book "Travels in a Dervish Cloak" based on his time spent working Pakistan as a foreign correspondent during the war on terror.

His talk will take place at 8 pm in Lismore Heritage Centre at the 16th annual Lismore Immrama Festival of Travel Writing.

His book is a personal account of his travels through Pakistan - a place he grew to love is a result of his time spent at his Anglo-Indian grandmother's Waterford home. Spellbound by his grandmother's Anglo-Indian heritage, Isambard became enthralled by Pakistan and he eventually went to work there as a foreign correspondent in Islamabad in 2006 during the height of the War On Terror, where he endeavoured to shed light on a country which has become synonymous with terrorism, chaos and extreme danger for Western journalists.

Isambard's father was in the British navy, the family travelled around the world but he spent much of his childhood at his grandmother's home outside Lismore in Waterford, where she had settled after leaving India following the end of the British Raj.

It was to his childhood countryside home that his grandmother's great friend, the elderly scion of an old Pakistani family known as the "Begum" (a title that once meant "Lady" or "Princess"), would arrive for long visits every year.

"It was most definitely something different in 1980's rural Waterford," says Isambard.

In total, eight guests will speak at the 2018 Immrma Festival from June 13th to 17th, including Key-note speaker Michael Smith who will delve into "Discovering Ireland's History and Ireland's Antarctic Explorers".

Full details of the festival programme and for event tickets for the Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing 2018 see or call (058) 53803.


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