Local author gives illustrated talk

20130323- Author John Tytler Thomson. 'John is pictured with his new book "Drinking the Wind" at the Inglis Hall, Edzell where he gave an illustrated talk on Saturday morning about endurance riding. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.'No use without payment.

20130323- Author John Tytler Thomson. 'John is pictured with his new book "Drinking the Wind" at the Inglis Hall, Edzell where he gave an illustrated talk on Saturday morning about endurance riding. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.'No use without payment.

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Brechin author John Tytler Thomson took to the limelight on Saturday when he gave a presentation to around 40 people who attended an event, hosted by the Edzell Library Action Group (ELAG), at Inglis Memorial Hall.

The presentation focused on his book “Drinking the Wind - At The Limits of Endurance” with audience members coming from Edzell, Brechin, Fettercairn and Menmuir.

Following his illustrated talk Mr Thomson signed copies of his book.

Drinking the Wind- At the Limits of Endurance is an inspirational true story of John’s miraculous journey from paralysis to recovery thanks to the powerful spiritual bond between man and horse.

John Tytler Thomson reveals his awe-inspiring struggle to recover from a debilitating stroke, revealing the radical benefits that horse-riding brought him as a potent form of rehabilitation.

He explains with terrific passion the uniquely powerful bond that can exist between horse and rider, and in doing so, illustrates the great beauty and strength of both the human spirit and the equine spirit guide.

Since his stroke, John Tytler Thomson has become a man who lives every day as if it were his last and the story of his incredible, saddle-bound triumph over adversity is both rousing and humbling.

At it’s heart is a story of friendship, love and support, engendered in that special alliance between one man and his horse.

During the event the Old Library, located within Inglis Memorial Hall, was also open and visitors took the opportunity to see the library and view displays about the Historic Library and ELAG’s work.

Donations gathered on the morning will be split between Teenage Cancer Trust and South Loch Ness Access Group, charities that John Thomson is supporting.

A spokesperson for ELAG said: “We were delighted at the turn out, particularly considering how cold and wintery the weather was on the morning, and are very grateful to all who came and especially to John Thomson for his most inspiring talk and presentation.”

ELAG have been fighting for a modern lending library to be reinstated at Inglis Memorial Hall following its closure in April 2010.

Inglis Memorial Library, which consists of a collection of some 6,000 volumes, contains the original stock gifted to the village of Edzell by Lieutenant-Colonel R.W. Inglis and is considered to be the best preserved example of a Victorian public library in the United Kingdom.

Rural Tayside LEADER Local Action Group has awarded Angus Council a grant of £33,300 for the restoration of the Inglis Memorial historic Library.

For more information about the grant turn to page 15.