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Robyn  Davidson

Robyn Davidson

Author, Tracks


In March 1977, Robyn Davidson set out with four camels and a dog from Glen Helen, Australia, on a quest to cross more than 27,000 kilometers of the Australian desert to reach the Indian Ocean. For nine months, she endured some of the most inhospitable, remote desert country possible; battled searing temperatures, charging bull camels, rancid food, thirst, navigation errors, and injured camels; and came close to losing her very sanity. She ultimately reached her destination and recounted her odyssey in the internationally best-selling memoir Tracks which cemented the myth of “The Camel Lady.” Read More >

More than 30 years later, Davidson is riding a resurgent wave of her "queen of the desert" fame with a new film adaptation of her book directed by John Curran and starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right) as Davidson and Adam Driver (Girls) as her occasional National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan. The film premiered to glowing reviews at the recent Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film festivals and will be released in the U.S. by the Weinstein Brothers in September 2014.

Davidson came to the desert to live sparingly and take control of her life, choosing adventure over convention. Along the way, she became a passionate environmentalist and an advocate for social justice and indigenous politics. Since then, she has continuously embarked on extraordinary adventures, migrating with the Rabari nomads of northwest India—a journey she recounts in her second book, Desert Places; dealing blackjack in an illegal gambling den; and crossing glaciers near her home in the Himalayas. She even provided the inspiration for Salman Rushdie’s mountain-climbing “Alleluia Cone” in The Satanic Verses.

A romantic symbol of adventure, Robyn Davidson is a powerful voice who will inspire your audience with her tales and wisdom. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across the Australian Outback

Queen of the Desert

A Look Inside Tracks

Interview with TIME for Kids

Speech Topics

Tracks: My Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

Desert Places: My Odyssey with the Wanderers of the Indian Desert

Books & Media