Events & Talks

‘Engaging, accessible, informative, hard-hitting and ultimately up-beat talks about tackling our most urgent environmental challenges. At the end of the day, the adventure of sustainability is one we’re all on. Kate inspires and calls us to rise to it.’

Kate at Beyond Borders festival

Using her long distance cycling and other adventures as a novel and compelling communication medium – the idea of ‘adventure plus’ or journeys with a purpose – Kate combines tales of adventure, personal challenge and leadership for change with an exploration of key environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and ocean plastic pollution. What’s happening, why does it matter and, above all, what can we do? Her powerfully illustrated talks and workshops are always tailored to her audiences, focussing on a particular environmental issue or on wider questions of sustainability, leadership and the shifts in lifestyles, values and worldviews needed for positive change.

Kate has a growing reputation as a public speaker and has given talks to many and varied audiences from the Royal Geographical Society and Kendal and Keswick Mountain Festivals to local cycling and hiking groups; from Hay and Edinburgh International Book Festivals to Knoydart’s Words from the Wild and the Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair. She has been interviewed on various radio programmes including Woman’s Hour, Scottish Book Café and Sea Change Radio (USA).

Kate is currently focussing on writing the book – she’s only allowed out occasionally until it is finished! She is giving a few talks before then, however: see list below. And if you have an event that you’d really like her to be part of, do get in touch.


Upcoming Talks & Events

Thursday 20th September, 2018

Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Ambleside
6.30 for 7pm : The Life Cycle biodiversity bike ride – Slide show talk
Sponsored by Heart of the Lakes, in partnership with University of Cumbria.
Venue: Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Ambleside
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Saturday 22nd September, 2018

The Pigtails Festival, Helen Browning’s Organic
1.30pm The Life Cycle talk
Venue: HB’s Royal Oak, Bishopstone
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Tuesday 2nd October, 2018

Institute for Leadership and Sustainability open lecture
5.30pm: The Life Cycle biodiversity bike ride – Slide show talk
Venue: University of Cumbria, Ambleside.
Tickets & Details


Saturday 6th October, 2018

Womens’ Adventure Expo
The Life Cycle biodiversity bike ride – Slide show talk
Venue: We the Curious – Bristol Science Museum, Bristol
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Wednesday 10th October, 2018

The Patagonia Adventure Activists Tour
7.30pm Adventure Activists Tour (adventure-activists.com)
Venue: The Barn, Banchory
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Thursday 1st November, 2018

The Patagonia Adventure Activists Tour
7.00pm Adventure Activists Tour (adventure-activists.com)
Venue: Plas y Brenin – The National Mountain Sports Centre, Betws-y-Coed
Tickets & Details


Past Talks & Events

Saturday 25th August, 2018

Beyond Borders International Festival
11.00am Bike ride and chat with Kate Rawles Guardian journalist and author of Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World
3.30pm ‘Question Time’ panel discussion with Kate Rawles and Peter Walker
Venue: Traquair House, Innerleithen, nr Peebles, Scotland


Monday 2nd July, 2018

A Penzance LitFest Fringe
7.30pm: The Life Cycle biodiversity bike ride – Slide show talk
Venue: Redwing Gallery, Penzance.


Sunday 17th June, 2018

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
3-5pm: Women’s Read, Ride and Write, guided café/bookshop bike ride with readings from women’s travel writing.
Venue: The Meadows, Edinburgh


Tuesday 29th May, 2018

Lancaster University Institute for Social Futures, Global Futures talk series.
4pm: The Life Cycle biodiversity bike ride. Slide show talk.
Venue: Lancaster University


Sunday 6th May, 2018

ScapaFest
6.30pm: The Life Cycle biodiversity bike ride. Slide show talk.
Venue: ScapaFest, Ardkinglas Estate, Loch Fyne


Friday 4th May, 2018

ScapaFest
4.30pm: The Life Cycle biodiversity bike ride. Slide show talk.
Venue: ScapaFest, Ardkinglas Estate, Loch Fyne