An Evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is, according to the Guinness Book of Records, ‘The World’s Greatest Living Explorer’, with more polar records than any other human. His many successes of exploring the vastness of the icy Southern Hemisphere and the North Polar Seas. At a special evening event, Sir Ranulph Fiennes will recount anecdotes about his many adventures across the globe.
Attendees will receive a copy of Sir Ranulph Fiennes new books, ‘Fear’ and ‘Colder’ (RRP £45) which Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be happy to sign.
Fiennes has led over thirty expeditions, including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 – together with Dr Mike Stroud – he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation. In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £18 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Date: Monday 10th Octoberth 2016
Venue: The Manchester Grammar School – Old Hall Lane, Manchester, M13 0XT
An Evening with NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino
Mike Massimino served as an astronaut for NASA between 1996 and 2014, going on two missions to service the Hubble telescope, spending more than 30 hours on spacewalks, and being the first astronaut to tweet from space. Mike has appeared as himself on the hugely popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, and is now a professor at the University of Columbia. His upcoming book, Spaceman, is his extraordinary and inspirational story, revealing the hard work, camaraderie and sheer guts involved in the life of an astronaut
Mike will be appearing at the Croston Theatre, Westholme to regale audiences with his stories and experiences as an astronaut. The cost of the ticket includes a copy of Mike’s hardback book which he will be happy to sign on the night.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet one of the heroes of out of space.
“The thing I remember most about space is the view from the spacewalk. When I was inside the space shuttle and looking through the window, you can see the earth and the stars, and it’s very beautiful, but it’s like looking at an aquarium, sort of. When you go outside and spacewalk, you become a scuba diver.”
Date: Tuesday October 25th 2016
Venue: The Croston Theatre, Westholme School – Meins Road, Blackburn, BB2 6QU
An Audience with Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is one of the highest selling authors writing today, with a massive fan base in the UK. This is the first time in two years that her fans will have the opportunity to hear her talk live about her latest and most important book yet.
She is the UK’s top-selling author of women’s fiction with over 6 million copies sold since October 2004. Eleven of her previous titles have been Number One best sellers in the UK. Her last eight novels have debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. It is estimated that there are 40 million books by Jodi Picoult in print in 35 countries.
Her latest book, Small Great Things, tells the story of Ruth who, raised the daughter of a black maid in a privileged white household, is no stranger to prejudice. Now, as a hospital nurse, she thinks she is a world away from the inequality that defined her mother’s life. But the patients in her care have not all moved on so far.
Never afraid to confront the moral dilemmas of our times in the most human terms, Small Great Things is Jodi Picoult writing at her thought-provoking, life affirming best. A powerful look at the judgments we make, the difference between us -and the humanity that bind us together.