Robert Twigger

Robert Twigger

Robert Twigger

About the Author

Robert Twigger is the first confirmed author speaker for the 2013 Unconvention in Leeds. Although he lives in Cairo he has strong links to Leeds has been described as ‘a 19th century adventurer trapped in the body of a 21st century writer’.

Robert’s books celebrate his spirit of adventure, with stories about topics as diverse as chasing the world’s largest python and learning martial arts with the Tokyo riot police. Most of  his works describe real-life events that Robert has experienced and demonstrate his love for extreme exploration.

In addition to his books, Robert has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines and has published several collections of poetry including one in collaboration with Doris Lessing. His work has won him several awards, including the Newdigate prize for poetry, the Somerset Maugham award for literature, and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

For more information about Robert and his works, visit his website.


Red Nile (2013)

Dr. Ragab’s Universal Language (2009)

Real Men Eat Puffer Fish: And 93 Other Dangerous Things to Consider (2008)

Lost Oasis: In Search of Paradise (2007)

Voyageur: Across the Rocky Mountains in a Birchbark Canoe (2006)

Being a Man…. in the Lousy Modern World (2002)

The Extinction Club: The Mostly True Story of Two Men, One Deer and a Writer (2001)

Big Snake: The Hunt for the World’s Longest Python (1999)

Angry White Pyjamas: An Oxford Poet Trains With the Tokyo Riot Police (1998)