Being the First Woman: Jackie Hill-Murphy, Explorer

September 3, 2020


Explorer Jackie Hill-Murphy talks about her extraordinary life and adventures in this interview conducted by Penny Tranter, for Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution’s Geography and Adventure Group, with the Royal Geographical Society. Jacki Hill-Murphy MA, FRGS is an explorer, teacher, author and speaker and has spent the past 30 years exploring and filming some of the most inhospitable and remote places on earth. Her first major expedition was in 1988 when she crossed Africa via the Sahara Desert and West Africa: she has since been to South America, Africa, India, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Russia and has lived in Turkey and the United States. In 2007 Jacki left her job as an English and Drama teacher and set off down the Bobonaza River in the Amazon Basin in a dug-out canoe. This became the first adventure in her project to recreate the journeys of early European women explorers; spurred on by the fusion of amazing, unsung women from history and by her love of travel. In this recording Penny invites Jacki to draw on her fund of stories about these explorers, with anecdotes from her own adventures when following in their footsteps.

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