Photographer and writer Jamie Grant is opening this year’s Winter Words Festival at Pitlochy Festival Theatre with his account of the sub-Antarctic isle of South Georgia on the 16th of February at 10am. He spent the 2015-16 austral summer on the island as Artist in Residence for The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) and published ‘Summer in South Georgia,’ with Watermill Books in September 2016.
“Nothing could have prepared me for the wonders of the Antarctic region” commented Jamie Grant. “I feel incredibly privileged to have travelled so far South and hope to share in words and pictures a unique tale of wildlife, conservation and adventure at the end of the world.”
Over 1,000 nautical miles from the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are one of the most far flung outposts of the British territories’ overseas. South Georgia is renowned for its mountains and glaciers, incredible abundance of Antarctic wildlife and the setting of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic crossing of the island in 1916 to save his men stranded on Elephant island.
Jamie braved the high seas of the Southern Ocean, lived in the old whalers’ town of Gritviken and joined British Antarctic Survey Staff (BAS) staff on multi-day expeditions to remote peninsulas from their base at King Edward Point. He photographed the wildlife including penguins, elephant seals and albatrosses as well as the mountains, seascapes and glaciers of one of the world’s last true wildernesses.
“I’m looking forward to combining my own experiences and anecdotes of every day life on South Georgia with lots of information about the natural history, maritime history and conservation efforts both on the island and in the wider Antarctic region.” added Jamie
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