Day Workshop: The Art of Letting Go
In a stressed-out world, can we learn to trust and go with life's flow?
Facilitated by author Nick Thorpe
Saturday 21st March 2015, 10am to 4.30pm
The Bield at Blackruthven, Perth, PH1 1PY
Price: £40 including lunch
Would you like to join me in the beautiful Perthshire countryside for my day workshop in the art of letting go?
Based at one of my favourite places, the secluded retreat centre at The Bield at Blackruthven just outside Perth, Read more [...]
In National Adoption Week, NICK THORPE reflects on the most challenging and fulfilling experience of his life...
MONTHS before we met our son for the first time, I knew in my gut that I wanted to be his dad. The description from the social worker chimed for both of us: “A lively, sociable three-year-old with a sunny personality and a streak of mischief, C loves to talk about his feelings and listen to story books…” My wife and I put in our application, made a DVD to introduce ourselves, Read more [...]
Stumped for Christmas gifts?
I can mail you (or your beloved recipient) one of my signed books with your choice of personalised dedication if that would hit the spot.
Just drop me a line at my contact email and we'll arrange postage and settle up by paypal.
Thanks! Shameless sales pitch over... Read more [...]
I am in recovery from a long-standing addiction. While others may secretly gorge on chocolate or swig from a bottle hidden in the top drawer, I head furtively for the Mind Body Spirit section and binge on books promising to change my life in seven easy steps. I could once get an almost physical high breaking open the cover of another seductive promise – Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, or How to Talk to Anyone – another scheme to eliminate the bits of myself I didn’t like, and win the Read more [...]
Watch Nick's talk on YouTube
Romania's Palace of the Parliament is designed to intimidate. Twelve stories tall, with 1,100 rooms decked in a million cubic meters of Transylvanian marble, it was originally built by the Ceaușescu regime at a cost of 3 billion euros.
I first took a tour of its vast, echoing halls about ten years ago when I was in Bucharest on a story for the Guardian, and could only imagine how this opulent white elephant (the chandeliers and lights alone required 3500 Read more [...]
TEDx conference, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania
"My name is Nick Thorpe, I'm a writer and journalist, and I have a fascination with risk-taking. Despite my innate anxiety - or perhaps because of it - I seem compelled to stretch myself, force myself into the present moment.
But what's changed over the years is the kind of risks I take. In the past it was physical, an adrenalin buzz from a reed boat adventure or a leap off a cliff. But I like to think I am learning Read more [...]
A few weeks ago I took part in an unforgettable fundraising Night of Adventure at the Vue Cinema in Edinburgh - the biggest-screen slideshow of my life thus far.
It was organised by the intrepid and slightly nuts Alastair Humphreys in aid of Hope and Homes for Children - a charity close to my heart because it matches abandoned or orphaned children with permanent families who can love them. (Donations always welcome).
My task was to tell the story of all my adventures Pecha Kucha style - that Read more [...]
Not so long ago, I signed up for a clowning workshop called “Spring Fool” (www.thefoolstory.com). It was one of a series of adventures in the lost art of letting go (later chronicled in my book Urban Worrier), and I comforted myself that it couldn’t possibly be any scarier than wingwalking on a bi-plane. But actually, clowning turned out to be uncannily similar to diving at 150mph towards the ground, in a psychological sense at least.
Clowns, I discovered, die and resurrect themselves many Read more [...]
Edinburgh Launch of Urban Worrier
Tues 7th June, 6.30pm
52-63 South Bridge, Edinburgh
Ticketed but free
Calling all Urban Worriers! Do you ever wish life could be a little less stressful? Well come and join the club! In less than a week my new book will hit the bookshelves and I'm hoping you'll help me launch it with readings and chat over a relaxing glass of wine.
Urban Worrier: Adventures in the Lost Art of Letting Go (Abacus, 2 Jun 2011) is the story Read more [...]
With less than a week until Urban Worrier goes on sale, I noticiced this morning that Amazon is doing a big opening offer for those who pre-order the book: reduced from £13.99 to £7.75 - so you're almost getting two for the cover price of one.
With my business hat on, I should probably avoid flagging up this kind of mass-discounting, but I'm also a realist - and a good pre-order would do wonders for my Amazon ranking on day one, which in turn helps to publicise the book in a difficult economic Read more [...]