Explorer visits The Gryphon School
Film-maker, Everest explorer and teenage fiction writer, Matt Dickinson, has been at The Gryphon School. He talked to Year 8 and Year 9 students about his life and his books based on the Chaos theory. The books are fast paced thrillers suitable for young teenagers.
Matt showed the students photographs which illustrated the true scale of Everest. He talked about the cost of an expedition to the mountain and how his experiences climbing and filming for the BBC and Discovery channel had helped form the ideas for his books. He also urged students not to give up on their dreams. It took him 12 years from the initial idea to get his books published. He was first rejected by 16 publishers.
Matt Dickinson also ran a Careers Café for Sixth Form students interested in film making and the TV industry. He explained that although he took a degree in Archaeology, he was involved in a film club at university. His first job for TV AM was in 1984. He encouraged students to showcase their work on you-tube to make them stand out at interview.
It is always great for students to meet authors, as it encourages them to see the world from a different point of view. We are delighted Matt Dickinson was able to spend time at The Gryphon.
Julie Hoskins – LRC Manager