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Michael Smith makes regular public appearances at museums, literary festivals and other groups and schools to give illustrated talks about his books and the history of Polar exploration.  Subjects include: Tom Crean; Sir Ernest Shackleton; Francis Crozier; Franklin Expedition; Captain Oates; The Race to the South Pole; Ireland’s Antarctic Explorers – From Bransfield to Crozier, Crean Shackleton and the Unsung Heroes.

Those wishing to arrange an event should see the website's contact page.

Michael’s past appearances include: The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Royal Geographical Society, National Maritime Museum, National Museum of Ireland, Princess Grace Memorial Library Monaco, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge.

Literary festivals: Cuirt Galway; Dulwich; Ennis Book Club; Guildford; Holt; Immrama; Mountains to Sea Festival Dublin; Nairn; Pitlochry; Rye; Sevenoaks; Taunton; Whitstable; West Cork Literary Festival; Writers Week Listowel.
Others: British Legion; Caption Scott Society; Celtic & Irish Historical Society; Cork Literary & Scientific Society;  Seamus Ennis Arts Centre; EPIC Museum Dublin; Irish Centre London; Kerry Writers Museum;  Littlehampton Heritage Centre; Probus (various) St Mary’s University (Irish Studies); Shackleton Appreciation Society; Shackleton Autumn School Athy; Sirius Arts Centre; Stables Theatre Hastings; Sussex Art Fund; Townswomen’s Guild (various); Wadhurst History Society; Waterford Museum; White-Oates Museum; Women’s Institute (various); World Ship’s Society Cobh; U3As (including: Ashford & Wye; Basingstoke; Battle; East Grinstead; Goudhurst; Hawkhurst; Haywards Heath; Horley; Horsham; Maidstone; Paddock Wood; Rye; Sevenoaks; Tenterden; Uckfield; Wadhurst; West Malling; Westerham, etc).

Schools: Cavan; Clare; Cork; Dublin; Kerry; Kildare; Meath; Tipperary; Waterford; Wexford, etc.



Feb 6, 2020
Marden Women’s Institute
Feb 19, 2020
Goudhurst U3A
February 13, 2020
Mannings Heath & District Horticultural Society Horsham RH13 6JU
February 27, 2020
Robertsbridge Arts Partnership Village Hall, Robertsbridge, East Sussex
March 2, 2020
Seaford U3A Constitutional Club, Seaford BN25 1PU
March 17, 2020
Horsham U3A Holbrook Sports Club, Horsham RH12 1PJ
March 25, 2020
East Grinstead U3A Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead, RH19 3BS.
April 23, 2020
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Society House, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
May 20, 2020
Arun East U3A
May 27, 2020
Sevenoaks U3A
July 8, 2020
Haywards Heath U3A
July 23, 2020
Sevenoaks Historical Society St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks
July 28, 2020
West Malling U3A
August 12, 2020
Medway U3A Corn Exchange, Rochester ME1 1LS
September 16, 2020
Explorers Club Great Britain Frontline Club, Paddington, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2
December 15, 2020
Northiam Historical Society Village Hall, Northiam, East Sussex TN31 6RA