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Wednesday 28th June 2023 Evening in association with JM Finn
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was, with Charles Burton, the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and, with Mike Stroud, the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported.
In the 1960s he was removed from the SAS Regiment for misuse of explosives but, joining the army of the Sultan of Oman, received that country's Bravery Medal on active service in 1971.
He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth.
In 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation,3½ months after a massive heart attack.
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 Everest, raising a total of £6.3m for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Coldest Journey in 2014 raised £1.3 million for Seeing is Believing. In 2015 he successfully completed the Marathon des Sables raising over £2 million for Marie Curie.
He has written 26 books, including Cold which came out in 2013, Agincourt was published in September 2014, Heat in October 2015, Fear and Colder 2016, The Elite 2019, Shackleton 2021 and his latest book Climb Your Mountain in 2022.
7.30pm Talk begins
8.30pm Interval for 20 minutes (approximate)
Followed by the conclusion of the lecture, Q&A and book signing
9.30/9.45pm Evening ends
- The Café will be open, serving a selection of hot dishes, with last food orders at 6.30pm *Booking recommended* The Café will remain open for drinks & cakes until the end of the interval.
- The Gallery Bar will be open from 7pm
- The Bistro will be open serving a special evening menu, from 4pm – 6pm (last orders 6pm). Booking strongly advised.
PLEASE NOTE: Seating is first come first served within chosen section on the evening