News: SHACKLETON SCHOOL 2016 FULL PROGRAMME
Friday 28th October - Official Opening - 7.30pm
Book Launch - 8.00pm in Athy Heritage Centre – Museum.
In association with the publishers the school is delighted to host the launch of Explorers’ Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery and Adventure by authors Huw Lewis-Jones and Kari Herbert.
Book Launch - 9.00pm in O'Briens Public House, Athy
A first for the social heart of the Shackleton weekend when O'Briens will host the launch of Dr Russell Potter's Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search published by McGill-Queens University Press.
Saturday, 29th October - Lecture Series Athy Library
10.00am “Explorers' Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery and Adventure”
Dr Huw Lewis-Jones
11.20 “Triumph from Disaster: Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition”
12.10 “White and Green Warfare in 1916: the story of Tom Crean & Thomas Ashe”
2.15pm Book Launch
In conjunction with 'Real Reads' John MacKenna will launch his re-telling of
of Shackleton's classic South.
2.30pm “Finding Franklin - The untold story of a 165 year search"
Dr Russell Potter
3.30pm “What makes a successful explorer?”
A series of short presentations on topics relevant to the Shackleton Autumn School, presented by those with a passion for their subject.
8.00pm Autumn School Dinner in Clanard Court Hotel, Athy Tickets €40
Sunday, 30th October Athy Library - Lecture Series
10.00am “The Last Husky Dog Journey on the Antarctic Continent”
11.20am 'Life after Shackleton: The Conservation and Travels of the James Caird'
12.10pm “The 9,000 mile museum: Caring for our Antarctic Heritage"
2.30pm 'Ernest Shackleton and Adrien de Gerlache - A Belgian Connection'
Dr Jozef Verlinden
Film Athy Library
3.30pm Towards the Coldest Place on Earth
Once a year Russian Polarnics set out in tracked vehicles, fit for scrap, to reach the station Vostok at the heart of the Antarctic. The convoy takes fuel, provisions and spare parts. The veteran vehicles, from the Brezhnev era, operate in temperatures below minus 50 degree Celsius which makes the 1,410 kilometres a nail-biting affair. It is the most extreme operation in the Antarctic. Join Leonid and his brigade on their way into the unknown.
The film is presented with live narration by Andreas Sanders.
5.00pm Open Forum – Chaired by Bob Headland
Cultural Evening Athy Arts Centre
8.30pm 'Polar Bites' - A literary smorgasbord of prose and poetry inspired by the polar regions'
Hosted by Ed O'Loughlin & Dr Russell Potter
10.00am Bus tour through Shackleton country.
Information on Contributors
Kari is an author and publisher whose work has featured widely in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, the Guardian, Geographical and Traveller. Her late father was the polar explorer Sir Wally Herbert and her first book, The Explorer's Daughter described her childhood growing up in an isolated community in the north of Greenland. Her latest book, Heart of the Hero, drew attention to the remarkable achievements of the wives of celebrated explorers.
Dr Huw Lewis-Jones
Huw is a historian of exploration. He was curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Maritime Museum in London. He is an award winning author who travels in the Arctic and Antarctic each year working as a polar guide and he has a fascination with wilderness environments and remote islands. His books include Ocean Portraits, The Crossing of Antarctica, The Conquest of Everest, which won the History award at the Banff Mountain Festival, and most recently Across the Arctic Ocean.
Dr Russell Potter
Russell Potter is Professor of English and Media Studies at Rhode Island College. He's written about Hip-hop, Spectacular Vernaculars as well as a novel, Pyg: The Memoirs of Toby, the Learned Pig. He is among the foremost historians of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition. He has written extensively for more than twenty years about almost every aspect of the expedition, in his 2007 book Arctic Spectacles, on his 'Visions of the North' blog, and as the founding editor of the Arctic Book Review; he was also a featured presenter in the 2005 Channel 4 documentary, Search for the Northwest Passage. His latest book, Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search, has just been published by McGill-Queens University Press.
Australian born and now living in England Meredith is a highly acclaimed author of fiction for children and many non-fiction titles. Her book The Ferocious Summer was very well received. The Irish Times described it as “one of the most important popular science books to be written in years". She has been a writer on both the Unites States and Australian Antarctic programmes and in 2000 was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal by the US National Science Foundation. Her most recent publication is The Longest Winter: Scott's other Heroes. Her play, Beyond Endurance was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and broadcast as part of the Shackleton centenary celebrations. Meredith is a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge and is a trustee of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.
Frank Nugent MA is an alpinist with many visits to the Alps and four expeditions to the Himalayas. He was the deputy leader of the first and successful Irish Everest Expedition (Stelfox 1993); joint leader of South Arís Antarctic Expedition 1997; sailed the Northwest Passage with the Northabout Expedition 2001; and climbed many first ascents during the Irish Lemon Mountains Expedition to Greenland in 2003. He has since climbed and trekked in the Andes, Iceland, Norway and in Colorado and Wyoming in the USA. A member of the Alpine Club, Frank is author of Seek the Frozen Lands - Irish Polar Explorers 1740 –1922 and In Search of Peaks, Passes & Glaciers – Irish Alpine Pioneers. A former Chairman of Mountaineering Ireland, he is currently Chair of the Irish Uplands Forum, a voluntary body that promotes the sustainable management of the Irish Uplands.
John is the author of fifteen books – novels, short-story collections, memoir, poetry and a biography of Ernest Shackleton: Shackleton - an Irishman in Antarctica.He is also a playwright - for stage and radio. He was awarded a Silver Medal at the Worldplay Festival in New York. He is a winner of the Irish Times Fiction Award, the Hennessy Award and the C Day Lewis Award, with a novel short-listed for Irish Book of the Year. His RTE Radio documentary series on Leonard Cohen won a Jacobs Radio Award.
Mick for the last twenty years has worked mainly in television, principally for the BBC and most of the major British broadcasters and US channels, including Discovery and the History Channel. He has made made a variety of films, ranging from experimental documentaries such as Small Objects of Desire to the landmark series Icemen and Mountain Men. More recently he worked with the Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel on Justice and has just made a biography of Lionel Bart. Several of his films have won international and British awards, at festivals such as Trento, Telluride, Banff and Kendal. He is currently working on History Connections, a new series for Discovery. As a writer, Mick has co-authored Icemen and Mountain Men and has written three further books: The Adventurer's Handbook, How to Climb Mont Blanc in a Skirt and Everest 1953, The Epic Story of the First Ascent.
John worked with the Falkland Islands Dependency Surve, the forerunner of BAS, from 1960-63. During this period, large areas of the Antarctic Peninsula were being surveyed using dog sled teams for transport into the field. Survey trips would last for two to three months. The surveyors worked in teams of two men - each man with a sled and nine dogs. John’s work is acknowledged by Killingbeck Island (67°32'S 68°7'W), a small island east of Rothera Point, off the south-east coast of Adelaide Island. John has continued his connection with the Antarctic, lecturing on Polar cruise ships and to school and adult groups. He is also an active member of the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society.
Simon Stephens is Curator of the Ship Model and Boat Collections at the Royal Museums Greenwich (NMM) and was behind the preservation and restoration of the James Caird at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. More recently he oversaw the successful transfer of the Caird to its fresh home in the newly-built Laboratory at Dulwich College, and supervised the stepping of the mast and re-erection of the sails as they would have been in 1916. Among his publications is Ship Models: Their Purpose and Development from 1650 to the Present.
Camilla Nichol is the Chief Executive of UKAHT having joined the Trust in 2014 from a career to date in museums and heritage. Camilla studied Geology at the University of Edinburgh followed by Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. She has had a varied museum career working with collections as diverse as geology, scientific and medical instrument, anatomy and pathology, Scottish football and the early oil industry. Previously she was Head of collections for Leeds Museums and Galleries, led the science team at York Museums Trust as Keeper of Geology, worked at the Hunterian Museum at Glasgow University - where she was fortunate to curate the Antarctic rock collections including specimens collected from Elephant Island by the marooned men from Endurance and the first rocks collected from the Antarctic mainland by Carsten Borchgrevink in 1895.
Dr Jozef Verlinden
Jozef Verlinden was born and educated in Belgium. He studied sciences at the universities of Louvain and Antwerp and holds a PhD in Chemistry. After his studies he worked in the pharmaceutical industry and became director of a pharmaceutical company. He is a long held interest in polar history. He wrote several books, in Dutch, about Belgian and Dutch polar exploration, including a biography of Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache. Jozef visited all the regions discovered by Adrien de Gerlache. As a guide and lecturer on cruise ships, he has been to Antarctica seven times and two times to Northeast Greenland and Spitsbergen.
Since birth Andreas has had a close relationship with water. He has often changed his professions, ranging from academic via self-study to semi-skilled work because of his thirst for knowledge and in the spirit of discovery. He has partaken in expeditions ranging from the polar to equatorial regions. In total, he has spent more than six years of his life in both Polar Regions. He has written about these journeys as a journalist and created exhibitions inspired by these experiences. As the only non-Russian Andreas Sanders was an official member of the Russian Antarctic Expedition on its journey to the Russian station Vostock the subject of his documentary 'Towards the Coldest Place on Earth'
Bob is a senior research associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge. He specialises in the history and geography of both polar regions. His work with the Antarctic Heritage Trust involves the preservation of the historical huts and other aspects associated with the exploration of the discovery of the Antarctic. His most recent publication is A Chronology of Antarctic Exploration
Ed grew up in Kildare town, Ireland, where he moved from his native Toronto, Canada, aged six. After completing his studies at Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University, he reported from Dublin and Africa for The Irish Times, and was Middle East correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age of Melbourne