Pupils welcome award-winning author Matt Dickinson

Filmmaker and award-winning author Matt Dickinson made a return visit to Oakham School to give talks on topics including climbing Everest, film-making and glaciers.

Head Librarian Mrs Lucy Breag writes about his visit:-

“Matt started the day in the company of Form 2 pupils who have been engaged in his reading programme the ‘Everest Reading Challenge’,  since receiving their copy of The Everest Files back in June.  This novel is based on Matt’s experiences in the Himalayas and is the first part of a trilogy of adventures set in this part of the world. They have studied the novel, along with other examples of travel writing, and have also carried out an inquiry with library staff into whether they would take the opportunity to attempt to climb Everest if it was offered to them.  The majority were not too keen to accept the risks involved!

Risk formed the start of Matt’s talk as he asked the pupils to consider the positive role that fear can play in making us focus more, and thus helping us to remain safe.  He also exhorted them to find ways to get adventure into their lives and to make the most of the many wonderful opportunities on offer to them at Oakham.

After signing books and chatting to enthusiastic Second Formers – Matt focused on his film-making experience and answered questions from a group of Form 5 iMedia pupils who are busy planning and making their own films as part of their coursework.

To end the day, Form 3 pupils had the chance to listen to Matt’s experiences of glaciers in different parts of the world; to hear his thoughts on the effects of climate change; and to consider the role tourism plays in the Himalayas.  These are all topics they have been exploring since the start of term, and Matt’s visit ties it up neatly as they head towards Exeat.”

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