Jasper Winn


NEWS – I’ve just finished a five-day 250 mile bicycle ramble along the Coast of West Cork. Heading east from Clonakilty to end up at the tip of the Beara Peninsula I cycled up and down the Mizen Peninsula, Sheep’s Head and the Beara. En route i bivvied out, slept in a berth aboard the Peel Castle at Baltimore Wooden Boat Festial, swung in my hammock in Adrigole and dropped in many friends. The route followed both that of Peter Somerville-Large and his trip – and book – of the early 1980s, and the Cork section of the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,000 kms coastal route up the whole of Ireland’s western seaboard.

Now i’m in England for a week or so. And for the launch of Wilma Johnson’s ‘Surf Mama,’ a Hungarian Tourism hooley, a tango festival, an art fair an ad hoc gig to play and some pitching of magazine articles and drumming up other work.

From mid-June onwards i’m in Ireland. And mainly in the hills.

And at the end of the month into early July i have a period of grace, when i probably should be writing but am thinking of doing some kind of human-powered trip. A grandiose way of saying that i don’t know if i’ll be off kayaking, cycling or walking.




JASPER WINN is a writer, photographer, broadcaster and public speaker. He has extensively researched and written about traditional horse cultures around the globe, about remote rural peoples, nomadism and transhumance, and about slow adventures on foot and horse, by bicycle and kayak, and using skis, inline skates and dog sleds.

For information on books, talks, music, guided horse and other trips, radio and television appearances and projects see the relevant posts.

Contact info and links for Jasper Winn are at the end of this post; or email:      jasperwinn@gmail.com

He is the author of PADDLE; A long way around Ireland. Though about a thousand mile sea-kayak circumnavigation of Ireland, the book is as much about playing music in pubs, meetings with basking sharks and other big marine life, odd Irish and coastal history, eccentric characters, birds, wild camping, islands and his own dangerously comic ineptitude.

Jasper is currently working on a book about the year he spent travelling with a North African Berber clan – and their camels, sheep and goats – walking back and forth between winter grazing whilst living in caves in the pre-Sahara and the black tents of the summer pastures in the High Central Atlas.

Jasper was story and location consultant, and horse wrangler/choreographer for Trinity Films IMAX Production Ride Around the World (www.ridearoundtheworld.com).

In between writing assignments Jasper plays music (guitar, harmonica and a-singing – in the far past he had an act called Chickens, Cowboys and Jesus, more recently he has played with Spanish-based country-soul band The Journeymen and with new side-project the Shedonists (yes, it’s a provisional name!). He often incorporates music into his live talks and presentations.

Jasper has a regular column in The Sunday Business Post on outdoor activities, covering everything from snorkelling to canoeing, and art walks to survival courses. Amongst other publications Jasper has written for the Sunday Times, The Guardian, Wanderlust, The Irish Times, GQ, CNN Traveler and The Geographical Magazine. He had a weekly column in the Irish Examiner for three years, and wrote regularly for The Irish Field and Riding magazine on horsemanship around the world. His photographs have appeared in the international press and have been reproduced in books on horses, mountains, adventure travel and Moroccan carpets.

He is a regular lecturer at travel shows, literary and travel festivals and for both general and specialist audiences including The Royal Scottish Geographical society, Port Eliot Festival, Immrama festival of Travel Writing and the West Cork Literay Festival. See ‘Talks’ page for list of all subjects and outlines of Jasper’s talks.

Jasper has made numerous travel broadcasts for RTE Radio 1, and for BBC Radio 4, and the World Service. For television he originated, researched and co-presented The Butter Roads, and Bianconi for RTE, and researched and fronted Rawhides for Channel 4. The European film La Reve De L’Enfant Acrobate was based on Jasper’s original research in Morocco.

In thirty years’ of travel Jasper has canoed the length of the Danube, cycled across the Sahara and roller-skated the length of the Netherlands. A number of years were spent as a swing and ragtime musician touring throughout Europe. In 1993-4 he spent twelve months covering 1,500 kms by mule between Saharan sands and Atlas Mountain snows, travelling with a nomadic Berber family, and their camels, sheep and goats. Whilst researching horse cultures world-wide he has ridden from Marrakech to Fes, across Kyrgyzstan, from Argentina to Chile crossing the Andes, on Australian cattle drives, through Mexico, in Iran and Cuba and in twenty other countries in five continents.

Jasper sea-kayaked around the thousand mile coastline of Ireland over one long summer. The resulting book – Paddle; A long way around Ireland – has been featured on BBC R4, read as book of the week on RTE 2 and profiled and reviewed on national radio and television across Ireland and in UK and Irish press. Jasper has given his talk – Paddle – at Port Eliot Festival, Immrama Festival of Travel Writing,  Dingle Feile, to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and many other audiences. The book is available from independent bookshops (preferably, otherwise from chains and on-line outlets) and by mail order from the Great Outdoors, or as signed/dedicated copies directly from Jasper (10 Euros, or 8 pound sterling, plus postage; see below for contact details).

Jasper is currently giving Paddle Talks, playing music and writing a book about the year he spent living with a transhumant Berber family in North Africa, and in particular his experiences with one Ait Atta family.

There are Facebook pages for Paddle at www.facebook.com/pages/Paddle-A-long-way-around-Ireland/121794747902027

Read The Slow Adventure – on everything from hammock camping to the best travel guitars, and obscure writings on walking to long distance travel on second-hand, single-speed bicycles – at: www.theslowadventure.com

CONTACT ME AT:                   jasperwinn@gmail.com

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Jasper’s Talks

Jasper is an experienced speaker who has talked to audiences as varied as the Royal Geographical Society, British Council in Morocco, literary and travel festivals across Ireland and the UK and both general and specialists audiences ranging from Riding Clubs to Luncheon societies, and university literature departments to outdoor groups on kayak trips. His talks are illustrated and can – and often do – include live songs and guitar and harmonica music.

Jasper offers talks on the following subjects:





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