Erebus at the Scott Polar Research Institute and Museum

  • Jo Shapcott (Speaker)

Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Public Lecture/debate/seminar


Thresholds poet Jo Shapcott and producer Tim Dee present Erebus at The Polar Museum.

A rare opportunity to hear ‘Erebus’, a poetic drama for radio by Jo Shapcott about Sir John Franklin’s search for the North-West Passage. The 1845 expedition led by Franklin was lost in the ice and never returned. The mysteries remain. In the intervening time rescue and subsequently, archaeological expeditions have gone in search of clues as to what went wrong. Fragments of evidence have been found in the ice and latterly frozen bodies too. Why did the mission fail, did the sailors resort to eating their colleagues, what did the Inuit make of them? The play, a Radio 4 ‘Pick of the Week”, was first broadcast in January 2012, produced by Tim Dee with an innovative soundscape by composer Jon Nicholls.

Co-organiser of event, writer of play performed at the event, speaker in q and a after the event.
Period28 Feb 2013
Event titleErebus at the Scott Polar Museum
Event typeOther
LocationCambridge, United KingdomShow on map


  • Scott Polar
  • Erebus
  • Writing and Environment
  • Poet in Residence
  • poetry
  • Sir John Franklin