Leon McCarron is a writer whose words come from slow, immersive journeys. He has travelled over 30,000 miles on foot and by bike and boat, and tells stories big and small through the voices of those on the ground. He has been a Fellow of the Abraham Path since 2017, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has presented two films for the BBC, and his journalism has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, New Scientist and Noema. He is the author of ‘The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on foot through the Heart of the Middle East’ and his upcoming book, ‘Wounded Tigris: A River Journey through the Cradle of Civilisation’ will be published in late 2022.
Since 2017, Leon has been exploring the ancient pathways and trails in the Kurdistan region of Iraq where he now lives. “Working in this region brings great promise and hope to a place and people that have suffered greatly, and are keen to open to a brighter path for the future,” says Leon. “Our footsteps there follow centuries of other walkers that have sculpted these landscapes.”