He spoke to the school’s year 7 pupils and pupils from local primary schools about his life of adventure as an award winning Director/Cameraman for National Geographic TV, Discovery Channel and the BBC, where he has worked with some of the great characters from the world of adventure: Bear Grylls, Judy Leden and Brian Blessed.
Places he has filmed include Mount Everest, where he told pupils he had to endure temperatures of -72.c: Cold enough to freeze hot tea and to cause him to lose the use of two fingers due to frostbite; and where one of his team was airlifted to hospital suffering from altitude sickness. He has also visited Antarctica, Greenland and the top of the highest live volcano in the world.
Whilst at the school he encouraged pupils to read more and to think about joining a club or taking part in an activity.
School library manager Andrew Dace said, ‘The pupils were really thrilled to meet Matt, and listened intently to his tales as an adventurer and the perils he has faced. There was a keen interest in his books, and hopefully he has inspired pupils not only to read but to become the next generation of film-makers and explorers’.
Matt’s books for children and teens include the Carnegie nominated The Everest Files trilogy, the Mortal Chaos series, and the award-winning thriller, Lie, Kill, Walk Away.