A group of Year 8 pupils from The Romsey School enjoyed meeting author, Matt Dickinson at Thornden School recently and hearing about his experiences of climbing Mount Everest.

In addition to writing for young people, Matt works as film-maker for The National Geographic Channel and, in this role, has experienced some of the world’s most challenging climbs. Pupils were fascinated to hear about the preparations necessary for such an ascent, and had many questions for Matt about coping with the freezing conditions and the difficulties he has encountered, such as the lack of oxygen. They experienced a little of the thrill of climbing by watching some short film extracts filmed by Matt on a recent Everest expedition.

Matt’s love of climbing inspired his Everest Files series of books, which follow the adventures of young mountaineer, Ryan Hart, who is drawn into solving a mystery at the Everest Base Camp. Matt’s new book, Lie, Kill, Walk Away, a dystopian thriller, was also very popular with the pupils. Romsey School Librarian Fiona Crowther said, “The pupils who attended the talk thoroughly enjoyed it, mainly due to Matt’s enthusiasm for what he does. The combination of author and adventurer was a winner!”