PITTWATER COUNCIL MEDIA RELEASE
ACROPHOBIC CONQUERS MOUNTAIN CLIMBING AUTHOR TALK 14 AUGUST
Mona Vale Library will host another of its popular series of Author Talks on Thursday 14 August.
Kieran Kelly talks about his book called 'Aspiring - Mountain Climbing is no Cure for Middle Age'.
Aged 54, Kieran Kelly, a man terrified of heights, decided to learn to climb mountains. It was a decision taken to ward off his fears of ageing, and to fill the void in his life left as his children grew up and moved away from home.
On the perilous slopes of Mount Aspiring in New Zealand, Kieran was to discover more than just how to climb mountains.
Forced by the brutal realities of the mountain to confront his real motivations for taking up such a dangerous sport, Kieran found himself reliving a past he would rather not have remembered.
His book is essentially about what drives men, and how much the past can shape the people we become.
The book is also a thrilling account of the experience of climbing for the first time, with all its terror and elation. Kieran Kelly examines the way we overcome our inner demons, as well as our outer fears.
Kieran is also the author of the historical novel 'Hard Country, Hard Men: in the footsteps of Gregory'. The book retraces the most significant parts of the great explorer Sir Augustus Charles Gregory's exploration of northern Australia in 1855-56.
The Author Talk will begin at 6.30pm at the library in Park Street, Mona Vale.
Bookings are essential on 9970 1600.
Bookings cost $7.50 and $5.50 concession which includes light refreshments.
Media contact: Catherine Buddin. Events Librarian Ph: 9970 1605