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Thursday 18 September 2014

Tom Crean author visits Knocknagoshel NS

Published 25/06/2014 | 05:36

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The management and staff of Scoil Mhuire in Knockangoshel felt privileged to welcome renowned 'Tom Crean' author Michael Smith. He discussed his books 'Iceman'and 'Shackleton - The Boss' and provided great insight into the life of Tom Crean and his Antarctic expeditions.

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After enjoying tea and locally made apple tart in the staff canteen, he delivered a very engrossing talk and informative slide-show. This was followed by a question and answer session and he concluded by autographing copies of 'The Iceman.'

Michael Smith is a best-selling author who specialises in the history of Polar exploration. He has written eight books, appeared on TV and radio and lectured at extensively at venues including: Buckingham Palace; the National Museum of Ireland; Queens University Belfast; the Royal Geographical Society; the Scott Polar Research Institute; Cambridge and University College Cork.

His 'An Unsung Hero - Tom Crean' was a No 1 bestseller in Ireland and largely responsible for raising awareness about Irish explorers. His books led to a statue of Tom Crean being erected, stage plays and TV documentaries and the story being incorporated into the national curriculum in Irish schools. An Unsung Hero was short-listed at the Banff Mountain Book Festival, 2002 and Tom Crean - An Illustrated Life was nominated for Irish Published Book of Year in 2007.

Michael Smith began writing history books after a career of 30 years as a newspaper journalist, specialising in business and politics. He was Political Correspondent and Industrial Editor of The Guardian, City Editor of the Evening Standard and Business Editor of The Observer - and they loved him in Knocknagoshel.

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