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Honorary Fellowship for Outdoor Writer 14/07/2008

The writer and rock climber, Jim Perrin, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Bangor University for services to mountaineering - and to writing: the highest honour that the University can bestow. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Merfyn Jones, presented the former graduate for the Fellowship towards the end of the afternoon's graduation ceremony. Griff Rhys Jones, Peter Bennett-Jones and the Rev Elfed ap Nefydd Roberts also received an Honorary Fellowship.

Introducing Jim Perrin, Professor Jones said: "The landscape of Wales speaks to him and through him and he has immersed himself in it." And recounted that "indeed Jim has described himself as an 'antediluvian and anarchic rock-jock...and also a writer...' That, by the way, is not quite the full quote."

Jim has won the Boardman Tasker prize for literature on two occasions - in 1985 for Menlove, his biography of John Menlove Edwards, and in 2005 for The Villain, a biography of Don Whillans. His most recent book, The Climbing Essays, was a runner-up in the English language 2007 Wales Book of the Year and won the Best Book in the Mountain Literature category at the 2006 Banff Mountain Book Festival.

Born in Manchester to a Denbighshire family in 1947, Jim has lived in Wales since 1964 before recently making a base-camp in the French Pyrenees. Peter Beaumont in The Observer called Jim the “…the pre-eminent writer on the British landscape…” and he was described by Professor Wyn Thomas of Swansea University as "the most outstanding, prose-writer of present-day Wales…” His incisive writing regularly appears in The Guardian's Country Diary.

Earlier this year Jim was also made a Fellow of The Welsh Academy, the Society for Writers in Wales, for "having challenged the boundaries of creative writing in his uniquely lyrical climbing and travel essays." Fellowship of the Academy is offered rarely by the Welsh Academy’s elected Membership Committee.

Topic: Jim Perrin, Bangor University Honorary Fellowship.


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