Review: Brian Anderson’s illustrated talk

The Memorial Hall Festival has been many things but perhaps one of the most persuasive aspects has been its variety. Brian Anderson’s brilliant illustrated talk which traced Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914 and the amazing icebound drama that followed, was a great example of that variety and utterly fascinating with it.

Brian has a wonderfully engaging and personable method of presentation and he sweeps you along with his enthusiasm and wit. To support his story he offers original expedition photographs by Frank Hurley alongside his own stunning wildlife and landscape images from his visits on icebreakers to Antarctica, most notably to Grytviken in South Georgia where Shackleton is buried.

Whenever I’ve heard Brian present a talk one is left with the impression that what he doesn’t know about far-flung corners of the world isn’t worth knowing about and his Q and A’s at the close really demonstrate his passion and depth of knowledge in his specialist subject.

Altogether then a most absorbing and intriguing contribution to our wonderful Festival.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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