Anna Blackwell & Kate Culverwell


I am an adventurer, speaker, writer and photographer. Over the last six years, I have pursued a number of large adventures, including walking 1,000 miles across France and Spain by myself; completing a five week solo trek across the wilderness of Arctic Sweden; hitch-hiking to Morocco; summitting Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa; and most recently, kayaking from London to the Black Sea in Romania with Kate, for which I was solely responsible for media creation (expedition outlined below). Alongside my adventures, I share my experiences and the things I have learned with a wide audience, through writing for a variety of platforms and speaking at events, festivals, schools, and businesses.


While I am a first-year university student, I have set out to encourage women to participate in sport and musical composition, two areas where women aren’t represented enough. As a composer, I was selected for the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme to encourage under 18-year-old composers, which included talking on BBC Radio 3 about the project. I have since set up various concerts where we only use new music set by young composers. As an athlete, I was a key part in my school’s successful rowing program as Vice-Captain, helping lead our two boats win two National golds. Now at Oxford University, I am becoming Captain of Women’s Boats for my college, to further inspire young women who are either new or old to sport. Further to this, I put together the Kayaking the Continent expedition with Anna (see below).