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Antarc­tica in­spires Lorde

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Atrip to Antarc­tica has in­spired Lorde to write her first book, Go­ing South.

The singer, Ella Yelich-O’Con­nor, and her friend Har­riet Were vis­ited Antarc­tica at the start of 2019 on a trip with the Gov­ern­ment agency Antarc­tica New Zealand.

When pho­tos sur­faced of her trip to the frozen content, in Fe­bru­ary 2019, it had been the first time the singer had made any pub­lic ap­pear­ance since her Melo­drama tour con­cluded in Novem­ber 2018. Yelich-O’Con­nor had kept fairly quiet since then, as well, writ­ing oc­ca­sion­ally to fans via a news­let­ter but oth­er­wise keep­ing a low pro­file in Auck­land.

In a news­let­ter to fans yes­ter­day, she ex­plained what she had been do­ing in Antarc­tica last year.

She said she was ea­ger to take Antarc­tica NZ up on its of­fer to show her around the con­ti­nent, as she had a child­hood fas­ci­na­tion with Antarc­tica and was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­scious about cli­mate and en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence.

Since the trip, she had been work­ing on a book us­ing Were’s pho­tog­ra­phy.

‘‘I thought it was only right to make them into a lit­tle cat­a­logue-style book, along­side a piece of writ­ing I did about my ex­pe­ri­ence on the frozen con­ti­nent. It’s called Go­ing South, and it’s a soft­cover book with over 100 pages of pho­tos and writ­ing,’’ she said.

The pro­ceeds would go to­wards fund­ing a schol­ar­ship for Antarc­tic re­search.

Dur­ing her trip to Antarc­tica, Yelich-O’Con­nor vis­ited the Amer­i­can lab­o­ra­tory Po­lar Trec, posed with US Air Force staff on the ice, and stayed at the New Zealand-run Scott Base. She also vis­ited the US-run Mc­Murdo Sta­tion.

Apost from the Po­lar Trec Lab said Lorde had been kept busy check­ing out mi­cro­scopic Antarc­tic species.

‘‘She was su­per in­ter­ested in our work. She took a look at the an­i­mals we are study­ing un­der the mi­cro­scope and was very ex­cited with what she saw,’’ it said.

The book was avail­able for pre-or­der as of yes­ter­day, but was not set to ar­rive un­til early next year. Lorde said the trip was an in­spi­ra­tion for her third al­bum, which she had been work­ing on this year.

‘‘The book is a sort of per­fect pre­cur­sor to this al­bum in an ab­stract way, and it’s a cool lit­tle piece of the Lorde cin­e­matic uni­verse for you to own if you’d like to,’’ she said.

Fans were ex­pect­ing Lorde’s third al­bum to come out next year as well.

 ??  ?? Lorde, cen­tre, on her visit to Antarc­tica last year. She says she had a child­hood fas­ci­na­tion with Antarc­tica and was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­scious about cli­mate and en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence.
Lorde, cen­tre, on her visit to Antarc­tica last year. She says she had a child­hood fas­ci­na­tion with Antarc­tica and was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­scious about cli­mate and en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence.

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