Year 9 Geography students have been studying the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over recent weeks and had opportunity to submit questions to bestselling author and journalist Tim Butcher which he answered in a zoom interview with Mr Blazak.

Tim is author of 3 books, including the bestseller “Blood River” which he wrote about his travels in the DRC during the height of the brutal civil war, as he followed in the footsteps of victorian explorer Henry Morton-Stanley.

Tim also spent more than 20 years as a journalist with the Daily Telegraph including a period where he was the Chief Africa Correspondent, and was the 2013 recipient of the Mungo Park Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in recognition of his achievements as an explorer and educator.

This was a unique opportunity for Year 9 to pose questions to Tim about the DRC, his travels there and about development within Africa more generally and draw upon his experience and expertise. The quality of questions submitted was outstanding and impressed both the Geography department and Tim himself! Massive thank you to Tim for giving up some time in his busy schedule to give us his insights, and well done to Year 9 geographers who engaged brilliantly with the topic!