4.30pm: The Epic of Everest (1924)
The third attempt to climb Everest saw the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. Did they reach the summit? Filmed in brutal conditions with a hand-cranked camera, the film captured images of breath-taking beauty and historic significance revealed by the BFI restoration.
7pm: Up and About: The Hard Road to Everest – Doug Scott CBE
On 24 September 1975, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to reach the summit of Everest. Scott went on to become one of Britain’s greatest ever mountaineers, pioneering new climbs in the remotest corners of the globe. He tells his story from his birth in Nottingham during the darkest days of war to the summit of the world.
8.30pm: Dark Matter Thin Air: High Altitude, High Latitude Ghost Stories. Michelle Paver.
The Royal Literary Fund talk
“A ghost story to chill and thrill…Like Touching the Void rewritten by Jack London, Thin Air is a heart-freezing masterpiece.” (Amanda Craig THE OBSERVER)
Michelle Paver’s first books were for younger readers The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, followed by Gods and Warriors. Her ghost stories for adults, Dark Matter and Thin Air have been UK bestsellers and won massive praise from reviewers and readers.