Review: Leon McCarron

Leon McCarron, adventurer and filmmaker, gave two thoroughly inspiring and thought-provoking Geography Society lectures to nearly 500 pupils on Thursday 21st January on recent Iranian and Chinese journeys. 

He spoke about his 2014 five-week Iranian journey along the Karun river, from the snowy Zagros mountains down to the coast and included clips from his latest award-winning film; the intrigue included multiple secret police arrests but overwhelming hospitality from the local people.

The 2011, 3,000 mile, six-month walk from Mongolia to Hong Kong took us on a journey through both traditional and fast modernising localities in China. The growing number of Chinese pupils at the College were here to enjoy his tales and to reflect on this mysterious land of opportunity and change.

Leon captivated his audience with his storytelling and his artistic film clips and images. He warmly encouraged our pupils to discover and follow their own passions. A gap year visit to Iran is being planned and Chinese pupils are looking forward to visiting China later in the year.

Kevin Richards
Head of Geography

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