Shaw first came to the world's attention in June 2002 when he was
brutally kidnapped by a pseudo military organisation in a busy suburb
of Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia
in Eastern Europe. His subsequent harrowing account of his five
month captivity and subsequent "escape" in November 2002,
encapsulated by a live television interview broadcast from Georgia
only hours after his release, captured the attention of an international
audience and invoked widespread sympathy and admiration.
powerful and moving story focuses on how he managed to endure the
harsh physical and mental pressures inflicted upon him by his captors,
particularly during a period of 141 days when he was held in appalling
conditions, chained by the neck in a tiny cell 3 meter's underground,
unlit, cold, wet and isolated. It also focuses on his amazing "escape"
during the evening of the 6th November, and the subsequent moving
account of his eventual reunion with his loved ones. The theme of
Peter's talk is how an "ordinary Joe" is able to endure
unimaginable levels of physical and mental hardship by reaching
deep into the inner recesses of one's character and finding hitherto
unknown levels of determination, courage and strong mindedness.
It also concentrates on the after-effects of his experience which
has invoked a new and fresh appreciation of "being alive"
and a determination to enjoy every shade and colour of everyday
existence, family and friendship.