(1893-1993) – Explorer and Travel Writer
Born in Paris where her parents were studying art, British-Italian Freya Stark was often ill as a young girl and found reading an escape, particularly One Thousand and One Nights, which ignited an interest in travel. As an explorer and travel writer, Stark travelled extensively throughout the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Asia. She spoke English, Italian, French and German and learned to speak Arabic, Iranian and Turkish. Stark wrote twenty-four books, several volumes of collected letters, and four volumes of memoir. Her fearlessness as a solo adventurer in the early twentieth century is inspirational.
‘To feel, and think, and learn – learn always: surely that is being alive and young in the real sense.’