Liam D’Arcy-Brown – The Grand Canal of China
Liam D’Arcy-Brown was born in deepest southeast London in 1970 but raised in Yorkshire. Sent one day into a school storeroom he discovered a discarded Mandarin primer and so his interest in China began, helped on its way by such diverse influences as oriental cookery and Roland Rat’s Hong Kong summer special for TV-am. After reading Chinese at university he went on to study China’s ancient history in Shanghai on a British Council scholarship. He worked as a tour escort for Voyages Jules Verne before turning to travel writing. His first book, Green Dragon, Sombre Warrior, took him from lengthy researches in the British Library and the Bodleian and onward to a great 10,000-mile circuit of China’s four most far-flung compass points. His 1,115-mile journey from Hangzhou to Beijing in 2006 made him the first Westerner in more than two centuries to trace the length of China’s Grand Canal, the world’s longest and oldest man-made waterway, an adventure he captured in his second book, The Emperor’s River. For more information see http://liamdarcybrownschina.blogspot.com
Ann McCarthy – Uganda
Ann has travelled to many different parts of the world but since first visiting Uganda has returned many times and has helped to fund the building and development of Uganda Lodge, Ruhanga Resource centre and Ruhanga Nursery and Primary School
London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden at 2.30pm the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.
There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.