The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival is delighted to welcome scholar, linguist and travel writer Bruce Wannell.
Bruce Wannell is a writer, linguist and lecturer who has spent many years travelling in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Arabia and eastern Africa. His works include Sufism: Mystical Writings of Islam (2007), and works on Iran and Ancient Persia such as Iran: Persia: Ancient and Modern 2017 – Odyssey Illustrated Guides (2016).
A graduate of Oriel College Oxford, where he read for a degree in Modern Languages, Bruce lived for two years in Isfahan (in Iran) during the revolution, where he taught at Isfahan University, and then later travelled extensively throughout the more obscure parts of the Middle East.
Bruce speaks Arabic, Persian, Urdu and several European languages.
In addition to his scholastic experience and knowledge, Bruce Wannell has travelled extensively in the region and in 2009 and 2011 accompanied two successful journeys to Central Asia for Oxford and Cambridge alumni with Distant Horizons.
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