*PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LIVE EVENT WITH A PRESENTER ON STAGE AND PAUL PRITCHARD WILL BE INTERVIEWED VIA VIDEO LINK FROM TASMANIA*
All I wanted to do was go to sleep. And I was certain that if I did drift off, it would be for the last time.'
We're delighted to welcome Paul Pritchard to share his new book The Mountain Path: A Climber's Journey Through Life and Death.
In 1998, Paul Pritchard was struck on the head by a falling rock as he climbed a sea stack in Tasmania called the Totem Pole. Close to death, waiting for hours for rescue, Pritchard kept himself going with a promise that given the chance, he would 'at least attempt to live'.
Left hemiplegic by his injury, Pritchard has spent the last two decades attempting to live, taking on adventures that seemed impossible for someone so badly injured while plumbing the depths of a mind almost snuffed out by his passion for climbing.
Not content to simply survive, Pritchard finds ways to return to his old life, cycling across Tibet and expanding his mind on gruelling meditation courses, revisiting the past and understanding his compulsion for risk. Finally, he returns to climb the Totem Pole, the place where his life was almost extinguished.
Paul's story is an adventure tale like no other, an exploration of a healing brain, a journey into philosophy and psychology, a test of will and a triumph of hope.
'Out of a soup of pain and fears, a person clear about what really matters has surfaced.' – Johnny Dawes
Copies of The Mountain Path will be on sale at our bookshop at the Brewery Arts Centre over the festival weekend.
Published by Vertebrate Publishing
Paul Pritchard is an award-winning author and one of the UK’s most visionary and accomplished climbers.
Running time - 60 minutes