Literature: Paul Pritchard

Literature: Paul Pritchard

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Strathearn Arts

6 Comrie Street



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Talk with rock climber Paul Pritchard.

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Legendary rock climber, Paul Pritchard, will be back in his native UK in November, for a rare visit from Australia where he now lives. The evening will include a mix of slides and film with readings from his latest book The Mountain Path. 

Paul Pritchard - Biography

Paul was a cutting-edge rock climber and mountaineer hailing from the UK. His climbing adventures took him from Wales to the Himalayas and from Baffin Island to Patagonia.

When he won the Boardman/Tasker Award for mountain literature in 1997, with his book Deep Play, he used the prize money on a world climbing tour that found him in Tasmania climbing a slender sea stack known as The Totem Pole. It was here that all he had known before was turned on its head.

On Friday the 13th of February 1998 a TV-sized boulder falling from twenty-five meters inflicted such terrible head injuries that doctors thought he might never walk or even speak again.

Being in hospital for a year gave Paul the impetus to write his second book: The Totem Pole. This narrative about his personal journey through hemiplegia won him an unprecedented second Boardman/Tasker prize, and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize. His most recent book is The Mountain Path published in 2021.

Paul has continued to lead a challenging life even after such a catastrophic injury. He has climbed Kilimanjaro, rode a recumbent trike to Mount Everest and took the lead rock climbing again.

In 2016 Paul finally climbed The Totem Pole with effectively only half a body, eighteen years after his accident the subject of the Rummin film Doing It Scared.

He sees the accident as a gift and describes it as the best thing that has ever happened to him. He is a passionate believer that without the mountains he climbed, and more-so the Totem Pole accident, he would not have learnt some crucial life lessons.

The lessons learnt on The Totem Pole got him through a harrowing injury, and the painfully slow recovery process has engendered a life lived in the moment.

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm. Licensed bar accepts debit/credit cards.

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