Lewis Pugh At The Woodstock Of The Mind

Lewis Pugh At The Woodstock Of The Mind

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

President Clinton once described the Hay Festival in Wales as ‘the Woodstock of the Mind.’

With speakers such as Bear Grylls, Cherie Blair, Hugh Masekela, Dame Judy Dench, Sol Cambell, and Stephen Fry, open water swimmer Lewis Pugh will be among many well-spoken and well-respected peers.

Pugh will be launching his book 21 Yaks and a Speedo at the Hay Festival held between May 22nd and June 1st. The Hay Festival, Europe’s leading book festival, always offers a very diverse field of speakers and this year the group is especially fascinating with celebrated poets, scientists, lyricists, filmmakers, musicians, comedians, humanitarians, novelists, environmentalists…and one open water swimmer who has pushed the envelope in the Arctic Ocean, the North Pole, Mount Everest, the Maldives, and many other locations around the world.

Like other speakers at the Hay Festival, Pugh’s 21 Yaks and a Speedo has the power to transform perspectives and motivations.

Pugh will speak on Wednesday, May 28th at The Oxfam Moot at 8:30 pm. His presentation, chaired by Paul Belzard, is described by the Hay Festival as follows:

What does it feel like to stand on the edge of the sea ice at the North Pole in nothing more than a Speedo swimming costume? What kind of man dives into that freezing ocean and swims a full kilometre? And why? The intrepid environmentalist, endurance swimmer and inspirational UN Patron of the Oceans has swum as far north and as far south as a body can get, as well as on the earth’s highest mountain. He’s learned a few things about the extremes of human nature, and our fragile blue planet, along the way.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit here. For more information on Lewis Pugh, visit here.

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