You will remember we had Matt Dickinson into school last term, to talk about extreme environments to Year 8. He also spoke to Year 7 about his work as an adventurer/filmmaker and writer. I think he inspired us all to realise we can do anything if we set our mind to it, to push ourselves to the limit in whatever we do and to find about the world through the books we read.
Before he came we gave ourselves a taster of his work by looking at the trailer for Mortal Chaos on Youtube:
Mrs Gibson read the first book in the series, Mortal Chaos and was absolutely enthralled by it, reading it almost in one sitting. She says:
“A breath taking adventure story unlike anything you have ever read before!
The plotting was so clever, and extremely complicated: four seemingly separate stories (set in the Himalayas, the Home Counties, Africa and a Theme Park) which gradually intertwine as actions from one have a knock-on effect with the others. It must have taken Matt ages to work out all the twists and turns with so many characters involved. Indeed the book was not my usual cup of tea: I prefer stories that dwell on people, what makes them tick and their relationships. This story has none of that. It is entirely plot-driven so you have to imagine the characters, and what drives them, yourself. I won’t give away the ending, but the loose ends are ALL tied up, leaving you the satisfaction of being told a really good yarn.
I think you would enjoy this story, even if you are not a keen reader as the chapters are so short (only a page long) and the story moves at such a pace, you are almost gasping for breath along with the characters. And talking of character, I love the way Matt uses strong female characters. Here we have an aeroplane pilot and a mountaineer, both driven to their absolute limits of endurance. So this book will appeal to both male and female readers. “
Read more about Matt on his website
Several students wrote some comments about the day (some were lucky enough to have had lunch with Matt!)
Jack was blown away: “I was fascinated by his talk which was along the lines of a ‘Wilderness Lecture’. It made me want to push myself to the limits. I came to the talk with no intention of buying a book – famous last words! I really enjoyed spending lunchtime with him and picked up lots of tips which I have been putting into practice on the book I am currently writing. I loved it all and hope something like this will be organised again.”
Albie thought, “The talk was amazing. I mean, he survived the worst ever recorded storm as he filmed reaching the summit”
Megan came for lunch and said, “I learnt different ways on how to focus and continue stories I write. We talked about different styles and says to write”
Alysia thought, “Lunch was really cool. It was casual and Matt was really interesting. And on a side note, the brownies were really good too!”
Imogen said, “He gave me lots of tips when I told him I wanted to be an author….I have read his book (The Everest Files) which was fantastic! It was informative about the mountain so it was easy to get a clear picture in your head. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!!”