7th November 2017 – As part of our recent Reading Week, we were delighted to welcome Matt Dickinson into school.  Matt is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with a passion for climbing and adventure.  During his filmmaking career he has worked as a director/cameraman for National Geographic television, the Discovery Channel, the BBC and Channel 4. His film projects have taken him to Antarctica, Africa and the Himalaya, often in the company of the world’s leading climbers and expeditioners. His most notable film success was Summit Fever in which Matt reached the summit of Everest via the treacherous north face.

Recently Matt has started writing fiction for teenage readers, and his debut thriller series Mortal Chaos was very well received. Matt has now followed this up with The Everest Files, a dramatic and popular trilogy set on the world’s highest mountain.

After an inspiring hour in Matt’s company Isabel and Charlotte in 8Y said this:

“Matt is a lively character!  He told us all about his expeditions and experiences whilst mountain climbing.  The most horrific thing he experienced was NO WIFI FOR 10 WEEKS!!
This almost made us faint!  He also told us about inspiring female climbers, and their dedication to the mountains.  Next he talked about his books – but without any big spoilers.  Overall it was an amazing experience, and we hope he comes back to Loreto!”

Jessica and Prisha in 8F said this:

“Today we were lucky enough to meet Matt Dickinson  He told us about his adventure to the summit of Everest and his inspiration to write ‘The Everest Files’.  Matt was very open and he made us laugh a lot.  He explained all about his books and the characters in his books.  He was a great author to listen to and we felt really happy afterwards. Thank you Matt!”