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60 Years Since the Antarctica International Geophysical Year

60 Years Since the Antarctica International Geophysical Year

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  • Tue 26 Sep ’17, 5:30pm – 7:00pm


Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Antarctic writers. Celebrating 60 years since the International Geophysical Year 1957 - 58.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58; the massive international effort that kicked off a wave of scientific research in Antarctica, and led to the establishment of multiple stations on the ice, including New Zealand's Scott Base.

Auckland Libraries, in association with the Antarctic Report, are celebrating this milestone with a free public event involving two Antarctic writers.

David Day and Joanna Grochowicz speak on their respective books on Antarctica, followed by questions.

Please register your place by clicking the 'RSVP to this event' button on the library event page: https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/pages/event.aspx?EventId=669

About the writers:

David Day:
Australian author David Day is one of the world's leading authorities on Antarctic history. His 2013 book "Antarctica – a biography" is a groundbreaking history of human interaction with Antarctica, the last continent on earth.

For centuries it was suspected that there must be an undiscovered continent in the southern hemisphere. But explorers failed to find one. It was not until 1820 that the continent's frozen coast was finally discovered.

On and off for nearly two centuries, the race to claim exclusive possession of Antarctica has gripped the imagination of the world. In "Flaws in the Ice: In Search of Douglas Mawson", David Day answers the difficult questions about Mawson that have hitherto lain buried. In addition, David Day has also travelled south on his own six-week odyssey to Antarctica, sailing the coast first explored by Ross, D’Urville, Wilkes and Mawson.

His third and latest book on the southern continent is "Antarctica: What everyone needs to know", which will be published by Oxford University Press.

His literary accolades includes the prestigious non-fiction prize in the South Australian Festival Awards for Literature, as well as the shortlists of the Fellowship of Australian Writers for its Book of the Year Award, and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards' Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.

Joanna Grochowicz:
New Zealand author Joanna Grochowicz explores forgotten aspects of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition in her novel "Into the White - Scott's Antarctic Odyssey" (Allen & Unwin Australia, 2017). Drawing from Scott’s diaries, Into the White explores the myriad motivations, achievements and setbacks experienced by Scott and his men during their journey from Port Chalmers to the pole.

Joanna says "Scott's story is often abbreviated in classrooms to the point where death and failure are the only points of discussion. I believe that so much of what makes the Terra Nova story compelling and memorable more than 100 years on are the aspects most relevant to children today – the need for perseverance, resilience and curiosity."

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has written "Very well done with your Scott book. Great work promoting the truth about him to counter all Huntford's 1979 book's lies."

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