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Literary Weekend: Red Szell - The Blind Man of Hoy

Red Szell - The Blind Man of Hoy


A remarkable story of endeavour, courage and persistence.... ‘From the moment I watched a documentary of Chris Bonington and Tom Patey climb the perpendicular flanks of the Old Man of Hoy I knew that my life would not be complete until I had followed in their footholds. That was in 1983 when I was thirteen. Within months I was tackling my first crags and dreaming of standing atop Europe’s tallest sea stack with the Atlantic pounding 450 feet below. Those dreams went dark at nineteen when I learned I was going blind. I hung up my harness for twenty years and tried to ignore the twinge of desire I felt every time The Old Man appeared on TV.’ 

Twenty years on, it was only when he shared his old, unforgotten, dream with his buddies Matthew and Andres that it became obvious that an attempt had to be made. With the help of mountain guides Martin Moran and Nick Carter, and adventure cameraman Keith Partridge, supported by family and an ever growing following, Red set out to confront the Orcadian giant.

‘Red’s climb, and the excellent book he has written about it, are lyrical and inspiring.’ Sir Chris Bonington

Red Széll is 44, a househusband and crime writer. His first novel Blind Trust was published in 2011 by Indepenpress and has sold over 2000 copies. He has worked as a journalist and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4’s In Touch programme for which he made an audio-diary of his climb.

Date: Thursday 3 November, 2016

Venue: Leconfield Hall Petworth GU28 0AH

Time: 3:00 pm - 4.00pm

Tickets: Adults £10 | 18 & under £4

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