- What’s On
Travel writer Pat Yale, winner of the 2015 Ancient & Modern Prize, is giving a lecture on following the footsteps of Gertrude Bell through Anatolia. Although Bell, an explorer, archaeologist and writer, is best known for her travels in Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, she spent a lot of time in what is now Turkey as a young woman before the First World War.
Yale set out to retrace Bell’s steps round the country, a journey that took her from a wonderful English garden in İzmir to the new world heritage site gardens of Diyarbakır, and from the forgotten ruins of Blaundos to the battered remnants of ancient Dara, near Mardin. Along the way she met one of the last Jews of Antakya and some of the last Syrian Orthodox monks of the Tur Abdin as well as many unfortunate Syrian refugees. As the security situation in the southeast of the country started to unravel the journey turned into a real adventure.