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December 8, 2016
Tim Marshall Frees the Prisoners of Geography with the UKGEOforum

The next UKGEOforum Annual Lecture will be given in January 2017 by the author and former Diplomatic Editor and Foreign Correspondent for Sky News, Tim Marshall.

Tim served his time as an unpaid intern and endured many nightshifts before he got his first chance to go in front of the cameras. Since then, he has reported on conflicts from all over the world; most notably the Balkan wars of the nineties. He was one of the very few journalists to stay in Belgrade during that town’s bombing and was in Pristina to see the NATO troops advance into the Kosovan capital.

Writing is in his blood and his third book, The Prisoners of Geography; ten maps that explain everything about the world, was a New York Times bestseller and nominated for the prestigious Mountbatten Maritime Award for best literary contribution. In the book, Tim explains simply and entertainingly why natural borders, such as mountain ranges, rivers and deserts have had a profound effect upon how countries are led and will influence the decisions those leaders make.

In his lecture for the UKGEOforum, Tim will explore this further and led the audience through the role natural geography has had in forming the shape of human experiences across the globe, bring to life his experiences from the front line and defend his love of Leeds Football Club.

The 2017 lecture will be held at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ offices on Parliament Square in London on 26th January 2017, starting at 18.00. To apply for tickets, please email your name and contact details to

The UKGEOforum members represent over 40,000 ‘geo’ professionals working and researching in the UK and the organisation exists to promote the use and benefits of geographical solutions to everyday challenges. The Annual Lecture is one of the key events of the year and previous presenters include broadcaster Nicholas Crane, Rear Admiral Ian Moncrieff and Ordnance Survey CEO, Nigel Clifford. More information can be found at

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