1st April 2019 — Matt Dickinson, who has worked for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, is now a celebrated author. He visited Sibford school as a belated World Book Day treat for students, to promote his series of books titled ‘The Everest Files’.
Children from 4 local schools, as well as Sibford School enjoyed listening to Matt talk all about his Everest adventures. Matt got the children involved by telling them to ‘forget about’ school for an hour and transported them to Everest base camp by sharing both videos and photos from his numerous expeditions.
Matt spoke enthusiastically about his own adventures and encouraged his audience to follow their own dreams, ‘no matter how crazy they may be’. Sibford School encourages children to ‘live adventurously’ so a visit from Matt certainly helped to inspire the children in attendance.
Frances King, Librarian at Sibford School, organised the visit and said ‘Matt has truly inspired the students in an author talk. He also ran an expert advice session for our media students and two creative writing workshops. Reading started him on the journey of his adventurous life proving that books can take you out of your world!”
Tabitha, age 11 attended one of the creative writing workshops that Matt ran. “It was great fun doing the writing workshop as it inspired me to write about a pyramid archaeologist battling a sandstorm”.