CORONA VIRUS UPDATE :

It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

Lichfield Festival Box Office:
01543 306 150

Sharif Gemie

Date:

Fri 08 Mar 2019 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Venue:

The George Hotel
Price: £10

Sharif Gemie

The Hippie Trail: A History

ONLINE BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT HAS NOW CLOSED. TICKETS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE TO BOOK ON THE DOOR OF THE EVENT (30 MINUTES PRIOR TO START TIME, CASH PURCHASES ONLY).

This is the first history of the Hippie Trail. It records the joys and pains of budget travel to Kathmandu, India, Afghanistan and other ‘points east’ in the 1960s and 1970s.

The author, Sharif Gemie, has spent years researching hippy and youth culture, and in the book he shares his analysis of the motivations and the experiences of hundreds of thousands of hippies who travelled eastwards and highlights key questions: were the travellers simply motivated by a search for drugs? Did they encounter love or sexual freedom on the road? Were they basically just tourists? Or did they resemble modern day pilgrims? And what were the common experiences on this journey: spiritual enlightenment? Or loneliness, poverty and criminality? Is the Hippie Trail really the mythic escape presented by the 60s counterculture?

Represented in many different guises for film and literature over the years, this is the real story of this iconic movement of 1960s counterculture.

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