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Andrew Joynes

Andrew Joynes

Andrew Joynes spent his childhood in Canada and worked as a researcher in Ottawa prior to reading Modern History at Oxford where he took a particular interest in 18th century naval expansion in the North Atlantic. During his career as a BBC producer Andrew made a number of programme-making trips to Canada, travelling extensively in Newfoundland gathering material for a series of BBC World Service programmes about the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the territory by the Bristol-based seafarer John Cabot.  He and his wife Daphne (see separate Guest Speaker biography) have recently been involved in researching the early Newfoundland years of James Cook, the Pacific explorer, who spent a number of surveying seasons in the North Atlantic before setting off on his first journey to the South Pacific in 1768 (the 250th anniversary of that epic journey will be celebrated in 2018). 

Andrew now works as a freelance writer and lecturer. He is the author of two books: his Medieval Ghost Stories (Boydell & Brewer 2001) draws together material which he came across while reading for an MA in Medieval Studies at Birkbeck College London with much of the material derived from Icelandic and Scandinavian sources. His latest book, Tracking the Major (Mickle Print 2016), is an impressionistic account of the life and times of a 19th century British explorer and naturalist, and traces the development of the vogue for ‘Wilderness Wandering’ in the years before the Great War.

Andrew lives in East Kent and is a registered guide at Canterbury Cathedral.