wilderness LECTURES

Choose Your Own Adventure

Paula McGuire on 21/02/2018 19:30

Advance £9.50, Door £10.00, Concession £9.00

Chemistry Theatre, University of Bristol

Trier, speaker, author and, some days, trainee astronaut, Paula McGuire is the world’s least likely adventurer, with the world’s most inspiring adventure story.

For thirty years Paula lived under a rock, somewhere on the outskirts of every social situation, suffering crippling anxiety that would eventually rob her of even the most basic freedoms. Adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012, when she became Paula Must Try Harder, trying the 17 Commonwealth sports, exposing her to constant risk and enabling her to fight her way back into the world.

Ever since, Paula has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery, challenging herself to wild exploits and encouraging others to allow a little fear into their days. From life modelling and flying a jet to going shopping on her own, Paula’s adventures have covered the bizarre and the banal, and demonstrate the importance of risk-taking for a healthy – and adventurous – life.

In April 2018, Paula will take on her biggest challenge yet, as she attempts to become the first person ever to swim around the entire coast of mainland Britain.


Paula McGuire wing walking (c) P McGuire

Adventure: it’s not a word we use too loosely. It’s one we use not quite loosely enough.

When you struggle to leave your house, and the telephone ringing is enough to top out your heart rate, you don’t have to go far for an adrenaline rush. Fear is everywhere – but so is the potential for adventure.

Battling her way out of debilitating social anxiety, Paula learned to embrace terror as she rejoined the world at high speed, and proved that adventure is everywhere, everyday and for everyone.

Climb far away mountains, if you fancy. Trek the world, if that’s your thing. But if you believe that adventure is only out there, beyond your horizons, this lecture will undoubtedly convince you otherwise.

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