Tag Archives: Matt Dickinson

Guest Post – Graffiti – Valuable Street Art? – Or Antisocial Crime? by Matt Dickinson


411rlnaezel-_sx324_bo1204203200_

I’m super excited to have the brilliant Matt Dickinson on Tales again today, but this time with a fab guest about research for his brand new teen / YA thriller Lie Kill Walk Away.

Lie Kill Walk Away was released on the 6th October in paperback and ebook and looks absolutely fantastic!

I cannot wait to read this book and with today’s guest post I think you will all be intrigued too…..


411rlnaezel-_sx324_bo1204203200_

LIE
I check the Range Rover dash. The keys are in there.
The sirens are closing in. There s a police helicopter coming over the hospital

KILL
I have to decide. Decide right now. I can keep out of trouble. Not get involved. Just run away through the park and go home and pretend none of this has happened.
Or I can help Becca.

WALK AWAY
I stare into her eyes. Those deep blue eyes. Just for a split second.
I tell her, get in the car .

Joe and Becca uncover a deadly secret. A lethal bioweapon is about to be unleashed. Millions will suffer a terrible death.

Now they are being hunted down.

And their problems have only just begun …


GRAFFITI – VALUABLE STREET ART – OR ANTISOCIAL CRIME?

One of the research topics I got into while I was writing Lie Kill Walk Away was the controversial subject of graffiti. The reason for looking into it was that my character Joe in the book is a graffiti artist who finds himself addicted to the clandestine thrill of putting his art out there on the walls of London.

How many ‘Joe’s are there in the UK? TENS OF THOUSANDS, spending an estimated fifty million pounds a year on their hobby. If you google spray can companies you will find dozens and dozens of companies (with wonderful names like Kobra, Flame, Clash and Montana).

Personally I don’t have a problem with graffiti. In fact I like and admire it. It’s become a part of the urban landscape and ‘taggers’ like Joe are expressing themselves with art in a way that they may not be able to do at school.

The public, however, seem to be split. A yougov.org survey two years ago found that 34% of people who answered the survey agreed that ALL GRAFFITI IS VANDALISM. 58%, however, said that SOME GRAFFITI IS ACCEPTABLE.

Tellingly, only 2% of people said that ALL GRAFFITI IS ACCEPTABLE

Some parts of the world have adopted a ‘zero-tolerance’ stance on graffiti. In New South Wales in Australia, for example, a person under the age of eighteen caught carrying spray-paint cans in public can be fined $440 or receive six months imprisonment … and that’s before they’ve got anywhere near a wall!

The most famous graffiti artist of all time, of course, is Banksy, the elusive street artist whose works can sell for six figure sums at art gallery auctions. Brad Pitt is even a collector of his work!

Banksy is a rare example of a graffiti artist who has gone mainstream. By far the majority are kids like my sixteen- year-old character, Joe, out there every night doing their thing, secretively and permanently on the look out for the cops.

It’s a game of cat and mouse which seems a bit crazy. Why not make graffiti legal on public walls? That might cut down the amount of graffiti on private buildings, right?

Some schools even have graffiti walls … a great idea!

411rlnaezel-_sx324_bo1204203200_

Matt Dickinson’s new book Lie Kill Walk Away is published now by Shrine Bell, an imprint of Vertebrate Publishing.

You can buy a copy here

Check out a previous guest post from Matt – A Tale Of Yesterday…From The Top Of The World by Matt Dickinson

Or Himalayan Megaquake! by Matt Dickinson 


About Matt Dickinson

18876_1

Matt Dickinson is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with a passion for climbing and adventure.

During his filmmaking career he has worked as a director/cameraman for National Geographic television, the Discovery Channel, the BBC and Channel 4. His film projects have taken him to Antarctica, Africa and the Himalaya, often in the company of the world’s leading climbers and expeditioners.

His most notable film success was Summit Fever in which Matt reached the summit of Everest via the treacherous north face. His book The Death Zone tells the true story of that ascent and has become a bestseller in many different countries.

Matt is currently Patron of Reading at Lady Manners School in Bakewell and continues to climb and explore. In January 2013 he summitted Mount Aconcagua, which at 6,965 metres is the highest peak in the world outside the Himalaya. Currently, he is planning an ascent of Denali in Alaska, one of the ‘Seven Summits’.

Recently Matt has started writing fiction for teenage readers. His debut thriller series Mortal Chaos was well received by critics and readers alike. Matt followed this up with the first of three The Everest Files books, which has proven to be very popular. North Face is the hotly anticipated second title in the trilogy.

When he’s not writing, Matt tours the UK, speaking at schools and colleges and inspiring a new generation of adventurers.

You can find out more about Matt by visiting his website here


Blog Tour

Catch up with the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops!

lkwa_main_graphic2


Another huge huge thank you to Matt for a fab guest post and to Lorna at Vertebrate Publishing for organising!

Check out a previous guest post from Matt – A Tale Of Yesterday…From The Top Of The World by Matt Dickinson

You catch another blog post by Matt about the Himalayan Megaquake here

Are you a Matt Dickinson fan?  Have you read any of the Lie Kill Walk Away or any of Matt’s other books?  What did you think?  Has this guest post intrigued you?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading!

sig2

Guest Post – Himalayan Megaquake! by Matt Dickinson


31ADtZ2XpeL._SX323_BO1204203200_

Earlier this year I featured a brilliant guest post from award-winning writer and filmmaker, with a passion for climbing and adventure, Matt Dickinson (you can find that post here).

His most notable film success was Summit Fever in which Matt reached the summit of Everest via the treacherous north face. His book The Death Zone tells the true story of that ascent and has become a bestseller in many different countries.

The second book in Matt Dickinson’s Everest Files series, which is based upon upon his own experiences of climbing Everest with actor Brian Blessed during the 1996 disaster.

In April / May this year, Matt has been blogging from Everest Base Camp as part of his appointment as ‘Writer in Residence’ with Jagged Globe’s 2016 Everest South Col expedition.

I am honoured to be able to feature one of the blog posts about the Himalayan megaquake on Tales today with kind permission from Lorna at Vertebrate Publishing and Matt !

First, here’s a  little about the book…..


31ADtZ2XpeL._SX323_BO1204203200_

Ryan Hart is an 18-year-old adventurer on a mission. To get himself to Mount Everest and check out the truth about the world’s highest peak. Friends have told him dark stories about the mountain, outrageous things that he wants to see for himself.

Just a few hours after Ryan arrives at Everest Base Camp a lethal earthquake strikes. Avalanches pound the glacier, burying Ryan’s climbing buddy and killing many others. A desperate rescue saves Ryan’s friend, but only after a local Tibetan girl Tashi helps with the search.

Stress levels are running high among the climbing teams. The mountain is shut for the season because it is judged too dangerous.

Then a flashlight reveals a clue. Someone is alive, high on Everest’s treacherous north face!

Tashi is convinced it is her 15-year-old brother.

Ryan is prepared to risk everything to help.

Storm clouds gather as they set out on their illegal climb, a do-or-die mission which the local militia will do anything to stop.

Sounds awesome right?!

*Hands over to Matt*


Himalayan Megaquake!

The Everest Team Witnesses Earthquake Destruction in Nepal

Our journey began in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, a country devastated by a terrible earthquake just one year ago. Kathmandu still has many visible scars from that catastrophic event; the central temple area of Barkor Square is flanked with buildings in a state of collapse.

Outside of the city, we witnessed even greater human tragedy in a small village called Harisiddhi, just one hour from Kathmandu. We were greeted by a villager called Mohindra and taken on a walk of the village, which left us in no doubt as to the lethal effects of the earthquake.

‘Five people died in this collapsed house,’ Mohindra told us sadly. In total the village had lost almost thirty people.

Many of the victims now live in emergency shelters of canvas and corrugated iron. Families of five or six can be cramped into a tiny living space with only the most basic amenities. Many children have been a full year off school. Others in the village of Harisiddhi have been sick as a result of disrupted water supplies.

When we asked villagers when they thought they would be able to re-build their houses, many of them simply shook their heads. ‘They have no money for construction,’ Mohindra told us. ‘There are rumours that money and materials might be available but we don’t know when.’

In another part of the village we did find some construction but only of the most basic type. Working by hand, without a single machine to mix concrete or help to dig foundations, a team of villagers were working side by side. It was a sign of hope in the midst of a terrible tragedy – an earthquake which cost many thousands of lives and which is still affecting the lives of many tens of thousands more, even as the first year anniversary comes round.

Yet throughout this dark chapter the people of Nepal remain positive and optimistic. Many villagers smiled as they welcomed us into their basic shelters. Earthquakes are deadly and unpredictable but they cannot squash the spirit of these wonderful people.

photo-2

There are many Kathmandu temples still in a state of collapse.

© Matt Dickinson

photo-1

Many thousands of houses were destroyed one year ago as a massive earthquake hit Nepal.

© Matt Dickinson

photo-2

International agencies have provided emergency shelters.

© Matt Dickinson

photo-4

Jagged Globe Everest climber Mary Scannell is taken to see earthquake damage in a small village near Kathmandu.

© Matt Dickinson

photo-5

Thousands of Nepali children are living in emergency tents and shelters.

© Matt Dickinson

photo-6

Nepali villagers work together to rebuild a house destroyed by the earthquake of April 2015.’

© Matt Dickinson

More blog posts are available at everestfiles.com under the tab ‘Matt on Everest 2016’.

31ADtZ2XpeL._SX323_BO1204203200_

You can buy North Face by Matt Dickinson here or why not visit your local independent bookshop for a copy.


18876_1

Matt Dickinson is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with a passion for climbing and adventure.

During his filmmaking career he has worked as a director/cameraman for National Geographic television, the Discovery Channel, the BBC and Channel 4. His film projects have taken him to Antarctica, Africa and the Himalaya, often in the company of the world’s leading climbers and expeditioners.

His most notable film success was Summit Fever in which Matt reached the summit of Everest via the treacherous north face. His book The Death Zone tells the true story of that ascent and has become a bestseller in many different countries.

Matt is currently Patron of Reading at Lady Manners School in Bakewell and continues to climb and explore. In January 2013 he summitted Mount Aconcagua, which at 6,965 metres is the highest peak in the world outside the Himalaya. Currently, he is planning an ascent of Denali in Alaska, one of the ‘Seven Summits’.

Recently Matt has started writing fiction for teenage readers. His debut thriller series Mortal Chaos was well received by critics and readers alike. Matt followed this up with the first of three The Everest Files books, which has proven to be very popular. North Face is the hotly anticipated second title in the trilogy.

When he’s not writing, Matt tours the UK, speaking at schools and colleges and inspiring a new generation of adventurers.

You can find out more about Matt by visiting his website here


Another huge huge thank you to Matt for a fab guest post and to Lorna at Vertebrate Publishing for organising and giving me permission to feature this on my blog!

Check ot our previous guest post – A Tale Of Yesterday…From The Top Of The World by Matt Dickinson – here

Or a guest post about Matt’s book, Lie, Kill, Walkaway here

Are you a Matt Dickinson fan?  Have you read any of the Everest Files?  What did you think?  Has this guest post intrigued you?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading or climbing Everest!

sig2

Guest Post – A Tale Of Yesterday…From The Top Of The World by Matt Dickinson


31ADtZ2XpeL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

Today, 10th March 2016, marks the release of the awesome North Face by the inspirational Matt Dickinson published by Vertebrate Publishing!

Happy Book Birthday Matt!

This is the second book in Matt Dickinson’s Everest Files series, which is based upon upon his own experiences of climbing Everest with actor Brian Blessed during the 1996 disaster.

I am lucky enough to have been offered the chance to feature a fab guest post from Matt at part of the North Face blog tour!

First, here’s a  little about the book…..

31ADtZ2XpeL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

Ryan Hart is an 18-year-old adventurer on a mission. To get himself to Mount Everest and check out the truth about the world’s highest peak. Friends have told him dark stories about the mountain, outrageous things that he wants to see for himself.

Just a few hours after Ryan arrives at Everest Base Camp a lethal earthquake strikes. Avalanches pound the glacier, burying Ryan’s climbing buddy and killing many others. A desperate rescue saves Ryan’s friend, but only after a local Tibetan girl Tashi helps with the search.

Stress levels are running high among the climbing teams. The mountain is shut for the season because it is judged too dangerous.

Then a flashlight reveals a clue. Someone is alive, high on Everest’s treacherous north face!

Tashi is convinced it is her 15-year-old brother.

Ryan is prepared to risk everything to help.

Storm clouds gather as they set out on their illegal climb, a do-or-die mission which the local militia will do anything to stop.

Sounds awesome right?!

*Hands over to Matt*


A TALE OF YESTERDAY… FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD!

Way back in the mists of time (in the 1920s), a British climber by the name of George Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mt Everest. His answer was a mysterious one:

‘Because it’s there’

It was an enigmatic response, which said everything… and nothing. Yet somehow the quote has endured as a classic Everest truth. We are climbing it, Mallory was saying, because we can.

Nowadays almost a thousand people a year attempt to climb the mountain and (having met a lot of them) I thought it might be fun to come up with my own list of ‘reasons’ why folk are prepared to risk their lives to stand on the ultimate summit!

MACHO MONKS AND GLAMOROUS GURUS

These are the ‘right on’ men and women who have a direct line to spiritual enlightenment. They go to Everest because ‘up there’ they will be closer to whichever god is most in fashion at that moment. Most often found half naked, humming quietly to themselves, adopting the lotus position, somewhere near the Base Camp rubbish tip.

ADRENALINE JUNKIES

These are the most honest climbers of all. They don’t pretend there’s any spiritual dimension, they go for the thrill, the rush of risking their lives, and the ‘gnarly dude’ credentials that an Everest ascent brings. Plus, it looks great on your match.com profile!

BORED BANKERS

These Everest climbers are finance folk (men and women) who are extremely rich and go to Everest because they can’t think of anything else to do. Most often found screaming hysterically at base camp managers when they discover they can’t monitor their share portfolio as there is no Wi-Fi on the mountain.

RECORD BREAKERS

The oldest man (80). The only couple to get married on summit (yes, really!) The youngest girl (13). Most ridiculous thing to do on the summit (someone took a golf club up and smashed a golf ball into near space orbit). Fastest ascent (13 hours!) These are the bizarre accolades that can bring fame and fortune. Every year these fanatics flock to the slopes hoping for their name check in the Guinness book of Records!

NUTTERS

Everyone else who doesn’t fit into the above categories.

You have been warned! Climbing Everest isn’t crazy… but the people who do it are!

My final word if you still want to do it: take a good pair of noise cancelling headphones so you can block out the boasts and bluster of base camp chat. And pack a very thick book.

31ADtZ2XpeL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_You can buy North Face by Matt Dickinson here or why not visit your local independent bookshop for a copy.


About Matt Dickinson

18876_1

Matt Dickinson is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with a passion for climbing and adventure.

During his filmmaking career he has worked as a director/cameraman for National Geographic television, the Discovery Channel, the BBC and Channel 4. His film projects have taken him to Antarctica, Africa and the Himalaya, often in the company of the world’s leading climbers and expeditioners.

His most notable film success was Summit Fever in which Matt reached the summit of Everest via the treacherous north face. His book The Death Zone tells the true story of that ascent and has become a bestseller in many different countries.

Matt is currently Patron of Reading at Lady Manners School in Bakewell and continues to climb and explore. In January 2013 he summitted Mount Aconcagua, which at 6,965 metres is the highest peak in the world outside the Himalaya. Currently, he is planning an ascent of Denali in Alaska, one of the ‘Seven Summits’.

Recently Matt has started writing fiction for teenage readers. His debut thriller series Mortal Chaos was well received by critics and readers alike. Matt followed this up with the first of three The Everest Files books, which has proven to be very popular. North Face is the hotly anticipated second title in the trilogy.

When he’s not writing, Matt tours the UK, speaking at schools and colleges and inspiring a new generation of adventurers.

You can find out more about Matt by visiting his website here


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops…

north_face


Another huge huge thank you to Matt for a fab guest post and to Lorna at Vertebrate Publishing for organising!

You catch another blog post by Matt about the Himalayan Megaquake here

Or a guest post about Matt’s book, Lie, Kill, Walkaway here

Are you a Matt Dickinson fan?  Have you read any of the Everest Files?  What did you think?  Has this guest post intrigued you?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading or climbing Everest!

sig2

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...