Sponsors: The Antarctic Circle and Falcon Scott
Co-Sponsors: Don Webster (New Zealand), Janice Tipping (England), Maggs Bros. Booksellers (England), Kingsbridge Books (England)

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Subjects of talks proposed to be presented so far
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Would you be interested in doing a short presentation? Let us know and we'll add it. (As the date gets closer, we'll be in touch to coordinate talks. It's possible not all can be accommodated though there'll certainly be time and opportunity to 'spread the word' informally during the gathering.)
1. The Adelie Mail and Cape Adare Times, the Northern Party's newspaper, one issue, one copy.
Rob Stephenson

2. Some Scott and Bowers letters, photos, etc.
Trevor Cornford

3. Something stemming from his PhD thesis "Scott's Last Expedition and the Literature of Cold."
Philip Sidney

4. I was looking over the possible ideas for talks, and I would like to participate in one that deals with food and drink references in Antarctic literature. I would also like to see how food and nutrition concerns are addressed today, in comparison.
Richard Gutman

5. Sounds great and I'd love to do something on my new book about the Antarctics in WWI—the book will be done and dusted by then, publication probably August/September 2015.
Anne Strathie

6. Cook's Second Voyage; its books.
Michael Rosove

7. "What the whalers really told Shackleton: how reality is lost in myth" (Or something like that).
Bob Burton

8. "The Strange and Awful History of Scurvy."
Bob Burton

9. Robert Pope, Sr., and Operations Highjump and Windmill.
Robert Pope, Jr.
Has sadly had to pull out.

10. Perhaps something on her new book "Scott and Charcot at the col du Lautaret."
Judy Skelton

11. I could give a very short presentation on
    1) the future of icebreaking;
    2) dog-team driving with the British Antarctic Survey.
I hope that there will be a serious discussion on what we might expect the future of Antarctic exploration/activities to be like in view of
    1) the pressures for economic development; and
    2) competition for funding from Arctic; and
    3) Tourism pressures.
Rorke Bryan
Has sadly had to pull out.

12. a. I could give a presentation on the construction, launch and 60 year working life of the SS Terra Nova and her involvement in polar exploration in the Antarctic and the Arctic. Also the location and discovery by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, of the wreck of the ship off South West Greenland, as she was found in July, 1912. I
b. I could give a presentation comparing the southern polar journeys of Shackleton 1908/09 and Scott 1911/12, illustrating the different approach to tackling the route to the South Pole. The width of a pen board or blackboard and chalk would be required, equipment which I do not have.
c. At present, I am well advanced on a biography of Surgeon Captain Edward Leicester Atkinson (1881-1929) DSO AM MRCS LRCP RN. "ANTARCTIC EXPLORER & WAR HERO—The man who found Captain Scott." I hope to have the book published early in 2015, in which case I can give a presentation and will have the books with me for sale.
Mike Tarver

13. An update on the census of copies of the Aurora Australis.
Rob Stephenson

14. I'd like to propose a talk/book launch for the event. I've been working on the final (to be published) third of the Irish sailor's Antarctic adventures (working title "Tom Crean's Discovery" and would like to plan on giving a short talk, in conjunction with scheduled book launch. I hope you can find a place in the lineup for me. I'm also planning to set up an event at Discovery Point in Dundee for the same general time.
David Hirzel

15. I will talk about the C. A. Larsen Collection at the Fram Museum.
Geir Kløver

16. I gave a presentation at the Scott Polar Research Institute in 2012 linking the lives and writings of Apsley Cherry-Garrard and T. E. Lawrence. As the SouthPole-sium is a book event, perhaps this might be the topic of a 15-minute talk.
Alison Jolley

17. Sir Philip Brocklehurst and The Ship Inn in Wincle.
Alan Payne

18. I am researching the life of William Speirs Bruce, the Scottish explorer who identified Coates Land and contributed much scientific knowledge about the Weddell Sea area. He was an ardent Nationalist and not interested in 'bagging the Pole.' I could give a short presentation on this enigmatic man.
Isobel Williams

19. I would love to come through to the SouthPole-sium proper but it is our bank holiday weekend so still need to sort out family commitments. I'm currently working on a display about Sir James Man Wordie (we have his archive and book collection) so could talk about him if you are interested?
Paula Williams, National Library of Scotland

20. If you feel that the flags from the Terra Nova would be of interest, I'd be happy to offer myself up to give a spiel on that.
Malcolm Good

21. I would be happy to either do a "show and tell" snappy 10 minute talk maybe entitled "The other Scotsman in the tent with Scott and Wilson."
Also a talk on William Walter Archer, who was Chief Steward aboard the Terra Nova on Scott's second expedition. Archer took over as cook for the second winter at Cape Evans.
Gary Paine

22. Happy to do a presentation on my Antarctic textile work which has been displayed nationally and internationally.
Cathy Corbishley Michel

23. I might present on something like "Literature available on the Falklands War, 1982"
Jim McAdam

24. I can review the first 'Australians' (British born, of course) in the Antarctic.
Pat Quilty

25. "Did smoking kill Scott and Shackleton?" Also "Frederick George Jackson's contribution to Antarctic Exploration."
Mick Parker

25. "At the South Pole-sium I can give a 'show-and-tell' photo presentation of a whimsical and very special day—maybe unique—spent aboard RRS Discovery a long time ago."
Ken Thomas

26. "I could do a short talk on the "Patagonia, etc." items in Spence or on less common Antarctic items."
Ted Benttinen

27. "I would be happy to talk about either of my expeditions—maybe narrow down the subject to one part such as Seamanship and how the James Caird survived the journey to South Georgia. Or Crossing the mountains of South Georgia then and now."
Trevor Potts

28. Joe has indicated that he would like to show portions of original film footage from Byrd's 1933-35 expedition taken by his uncle, Roy Fitzsimmons.
Joe Fitzsimmons

I expect everyone at SouthPole-sium would love to have a complete collection of all the great classic Antarctic books, in very good if not fine condition. Maybe some of you have; if so you're either very rich or have inherited it from someone who was collecting when these gems were a lot cheaper than they are now!
For every copy of a polar classic in VG or F condition, there are likely to be several ex-library or 'reading copies', missing original bindings, the odd plate, some of the maps. The bad news is that they might be missing important components, even falling apart; the good news is that expert restoration and the replacement of the bits that are missing has never been easier.
John Button is both an exploration lover and a book collector, and his company Bookcraft has the research skills and restoration expertise to breathe new life into the sad and unloved 'seconds' of polar literature. In his presentation at the Polesium he will be showing many examples of what can be achieved, and explaining ways in which you can build an impressive library without spending a fortune."
John Button

30. If you are short of inputs I could offer something like "Some personal treasures from my collection" and I could show a short film, set to music, about the Plymouth Shackleton event which lasts 12 minutes ONLY!!
Paul Davies