SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
4-5 PM FORUM HOSTED BY THE AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE & THE ARTS
The James Caird Society's President, the Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, will be one of the speakers at a discussion entitled 'Antarctica: Truth and Legend', to be hosted by the Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and the Arts on Saturday, 31 May.
The cost is £10 (£8 for concessions). Details and how to book your place at the discussion can be found at the AusNZ Festival website, http://ausnzfestival.com/event/antarctica-truth-and-legend
It has spawned a wealth of literary fiction and countless biographies, but where does the truth end and the legend begin?
The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton is President of the James Caird Society who work to preserve the legacy of her grandfather, Sir Ernest Shackleton and to support further research and exploration.
She will be joined by the Australian-born Antarctica expert, author and historian Meredith Hooper. In 1994 she was selected by The Australian Antarctic Division to visit Antarctica as a writer; and was subsequently chosen by the US National Science Foundation to visit Antarctica as a writer in 1998-1999 and 2001-2002, on their Antarctica Artists Writers Program. Her writings include the celebrated children's book 'A for Antarctica')
With them will be Jesse Blackadder, whose book Chasing The Light: A novel of Antarctica tells the tale of the first woman to reach Antarctica. Her novel for younger readers, Stay: The Last Dog in Antarctica was published in 2013.
They will discuss what draws them to this inspirational landscape, and why the facts and fictions of Antarctica continue to enthral.