Dickinson inspires Concord’s reading initiatives

Monday December 10, 2018

Award-winning author and documentary film-maker, Mr Matt Dickinson inspired Concord students recently, with exciting accounts about some of the most extreme climates in the world. The author, who has published 11 books and worked on documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, met with over 140 of Concord’s Lower School students to support the school’s current reading initiatives. Mr Dickinson spent time talking to Form 3 and Form 4 English classes, as well as two Form 3 Geography classes about his career, travels and love of reading. Concord’s Assistant Librarian, Mrs Pam Parish said: “The purpose of Matt’s visit was to help develop our focus on reading for pleasure, through cross-curricular learning.” Mr Dickinson added: “Reading is crucial for young people. I hope to encourage students to read more, through stimulating accounts of my personal background and wilderness experiences. “Students can also learn about important, current issues, such as global warming, eco-tourism and glaciation.” “Wider reading will ultimately help to inspire the students’ plans for the future. With a dream, you’re just like everyone else, but the moment you have a plan, you’re a very powerful individual.” During his sessions he revealed how, in 1996, amid the worst weather conditions on record, he and a fellow climber made a successful ascent of Mount Everest's notorious North Face – one of the most technically demanding climbs on the world’s highest peak, beating hurricane-force winds and temperatures of minus 70 degrees Celsius. Matt’s first-hand experiences of climbing Everest provided the inspiration for several of his novels and his most recent publication, ‘The Everest Files’ is one of Concord’s Form 4 Book Club titles chosen by the students for recreational reading. Concord Librarian, Mrs Anne Williams said: “We are delighted and so grateful that Matt has come in to speak to our students.” “As well as The Everest Files featuring in the Form 4 Book Club, we certainly hope today has inspired Form 3 and Form 4 students to engage in ‘The Big Read’ project here at Concord, and to simply read for pleasure.”