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celebrating 50 years with saxton

tim cope: in the footsteps of genghis khan

Tim Cope recounts some of the lessons learnt on his journey from Mongolia to Hungary at Australia Speaks, our 50th anniversary celebration.

Tim Cope is an internationally award-winning Australian author, adventurer and filmmaker, best known for his iconic three year, 10 000 km journey by horse on the trail of nomads from Mongolia to Hungary, made famous by Genghis Khan.

His accolades include winning the Australian Geographic Australian Adventurer of the Year at age 26 (one of the youngest recipients in the award's history) and becoming the first Australian to win the Grand Prize at the 2013 Banff International Mountain Book Festival for On The Trail of Genghis Khan. These were in addition to a raft of international prizes for his documentary films Off the Rails, The Yenisey Expedition, and the popular TV series The Trail of Genghis Khan.

Earlier expeditions, each the basis of acclaimed books and internationally broadcast films, include a 10 000 km journey by bicycle across Russia and Siberia to China, and a world river descent, during which Tim rowed 5 000 km down the Yenisey River in Siberia to the Arctic Ocean. Described by National Geographic as a 'cultural ambassador', Cope is driven by a desire to use adventure as a tool to delve beneath the fabric of society, and in turn understand more about one's own life and community.

australia speaks
Saxton Speakers' 2015 celebration of 50 years of the business and of the spoken word in Australia was the biggest of its kind in the country, incorporating performances from 24 of Australia's leading speakers and entertainers. You can watch all the individual presenters by clicking on their image below, or view the highlights reel here.

the presenters
Craig Davis Ita Buttrose
Steve Vamos Dr Chris Caton
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Satyajit Das
Graeme Joy Remo Giuffre
Mark Bouris Layne Beachley
Cathy Freeman Megan Quinn
Tim Cope Gill Hicks
Vinh Giang Rachel Botsman
Winston Broadbent & Nanette Moulton, Directors of Saxton Speakers Bureau
the performers
Sounds of the 60's with Ciaran Gribbin and Darren PercivalCiaran Gribbin with the sounds of the 80's
Jade MacRae - Love will keep us together Tim Campbell - Let me entertain you
Tom Thum Finale
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