AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL PALIN
TV globetrotter, actor and author Michael Palin is breezing into Cornwall’s seafaring capital to talk about his major new book, Erebus: The Story of a Ship.
The fate of the sailing vessel HMS Erebus had been a mystery for more than a century and a half until it was discovered four years ago on the seabed in the frozen wastes of the Canadian Arctic, coated in woolly underwater vegetation.
Monty Python stalwart and master explorer Michael will be talking about his own experiences as he set out to uncover the true tale of the ship, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke in 1826 to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery in 2014.
He travelled to locations across the world – Tasmania, the Falklands, the Canadian Arctic – both to search for information and to experience at first hand the terrain and the conditions that would have confronted the ship and her crew.
In his evocative and epic account, Michael explores the intertwined careers of the men who shared its journeys: the dashing James Clark Ross and the troubled John Franklin. And he vividly recounts the experiences of the men who first stepped ashore on Antarctica’s Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic wastes as rescue missions desperately tried to reach them.
The evening, hosted by the Falmouth Bookseller, starts at 7pm at The Church of King Charles the Martyr, Church Street, Falmouth. Call the Bookseller on 01326 312873 to book tickets, priced £20 each, including admission and a copy of the book.
TV globetrotter, actor and author Michael Palin will be in Falmouth to talk about his major new book, Erebus: The Story of a Ship.