"ART ENABLES US TO FIND OURSELVES & LOSE OURSELVES AT THE SAME TIME."
Our BookFest may be a fairly new addition to Fort William Mountain Festival but that didn't stop last year being a star-studded affair. Legends of mountaineering and climbing along with a local and visiting adventurers all came along to entertain the crowds with extracts from their latest page turners. Who will we have this year? If there's one thing Ian "Spike" Sykes knows how to do (apart from play the banjo & build ski resorts), it's book the best when it comes to outdoor literature. All will be revealed very shortly!
Fort William Mountain Festival invite you to attend the screening of Dummy Jim, a film inspired by the little-known journal called "I Cycled into The Arctic Circle" first published in 1951. Written by a profoundly deaf Scotsman named James Duthie, the book recounts a three-month long, 3000 mile solo cycling round trip from Scotland to the north of Norway, an epic mission costing just £12. James, who as fondly known by his local community in north-east Scotland as "Dummy Jim", was sadly killed in a mysterious road accident in 1965 and his story remains largely unknown. His extraordinary story has been turned into a feature-length film, directed by film-maker Matt Hulse. The screening of the film will be preceded by a short introduction from the director and the audience are welcome to ask questions to Matt after the film has finished. Watch the trailer & come along to learn about this curious cyclist.