Dervla Murphy is best known for her first book, Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle. Published in 1965 it recounts an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Her most recent book is Between River and Sea: Encounters in Israel and Palestine, published by Eland. Dervla has won worldwide praise for her writing and has been described as a ‘travel legend’. Now in her 80s, she continues to travel around the world and remains passionate about politics, conservation and bicycling. Here, Dervla tells Uneasy no settle about her time-traveling dreams and how grateful she feels to have visited Cuba before consumerism ‘was let loose’. She writes to us on her trusty typewriter which she favours over computers, despite finding it hard to source the ribbons these days!read full interview
Jimmy has been doing triathlon for many years, but only in a wheelchair since a climbing accident in 2004. He is a former commando and had an accident whilst rock-climbing in Wales that left him permanently paralysed from the chest down. His fellow climber and former girlfriend tragically died in the accident. Two months after discharge from hospital he completed the standard distance event at the London Triathlon, and in 2006 he completed an unaided ascent of Kilimanjaro using an arm-powered all-terrain hand bike. Here he tells Uneasy no settle how his time as a commando prepared him for any tough challenge life throws his way and how his father’s surplus chocolate bars leftover from his mountain climbing expeditions inspired his future adventures.read full interview
Karen is a British paralympic cyclist, paratriathlete, adventurer and author. In 2012 she won a silver medal at the London Paralympics. At the age of 21, Karen became paralysed from the chest down, following a sea cliff climbing accident. Since then her perseverance and creativity have made for an extraorindary life. In 2006 she crossed Greenland’s ice cap whilst sitting on skis using her arms and pole to travel 372 miles. She has also cycled the length of Japan and climbed El Capitan, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Here, chatting to Uneasy no settle writer Catherine Mack, she talks openly about the challenges that being paralysed poses and how she’s nearly died five times; from falling off a cliff to being run over by a car to cerebral oedema in the Andes and being flown out on a plane.read full interview
Medical doctor Stephen Fabes is back from a six year cycling trip across six continents. Here he talks to Uneasy no settle about ignoring the ‘doomsayers’ who stood in the way of him setting off from London to achieve his dreams, plus the time a Syrian family threw an impromptu birthday party for him in the desert, setting up a sheet-tent in the garden for him! His dream is of ‘more cooperation and less polarisation’ for our world in the future and for him personally, another trip perhaps, but this time he hopes to swap the bike in favour of a boat, kayak or raft!read full interview
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