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PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE and AGENDA

This will expand and change as the SouthPole-sium approaches.

FRIDAY (7 June) SouthPole-sium
UPDATE: A couple of registrants have questioned why Banbridge and its Crozier sites are not being included in the all-day Sunday bus tour. It was considered but in the end the consensus was that there wasn't enough time to add it to the itinerary. But if several people (but not too many) are interested in going to Banbridge (81 miles) early on Friday morning, returning by mid-afternoon, we'll try to arrange it with a volunteer driver. If so, those going can chip in towards petrol and the driver can get a free lunch along the way.

Those expressing interest include at the moment:
     • Joanna Grochowicz
     • Gina Koellner
     • Michael Smith

Registration. From 3pm or so onward.
We expect to have some informal sessions or some sort starting around mid-afternoon.
Those who are in Dublin all day Friday may wish to visit some of the book-related sights in the morning and early afternoon: Marsh's Library, National Library of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library, the Long Room, Trinity College, or some of Dublin's bookshops. See http://www.antarctic-circle.org/gathering4-dublin.htm
Opening reception of the SouthPole-sium. Probably from 6pm.
An Antarctic film may be shown following the reception.

SATURDAY (8 June).
9:30 Welcome by the sponsors. Housekeeping items. Roundtable: Attendees introduce themselves and their interests extensively (throughout morning).
Coffee/tea break.
Noon. Book launch(es) possibly.
1pm Lunch (included).
Group photo (possibly re-scheduled to Sunday)
2-5pm Afternoon. Expanded talk (up to 40 minutes) on The Irish in the Antarctic by Michael Smith. Followed by short presentations (15-20 minutes) through the end of the day, possibly some moderated discussions.
Coffe/tea break.
5:00 Adjournment.
7:00 Reception, followed by the Banquet.
Short after-dinner talk(s).

SUNDAY (9 June 2019)
9am-ca. 8pm All-day coach tour from and back to Dublin via Ballitore, Kilkea and Athy. A tour led by Jonathan Shackleton and Frank Taaffe will include Shackleton sites/sights at Ballitore and Kilkea. We'll spend time at the Athy Heritage Centre, where Saturday's short presentations will continue as well as a session on the plans for the Shackleton Museum, particularly the role that books and manuscript material will play in the Museum. There may be a book launch or two, an auction and some polar bookselling stalls. A three-course lunch is being planned at the histioric 12th centuryKilkea Castle within sight of Shackleton's birthplace. Before returning to Dublin there will be a chance for a pint at O'Briens, the unofficial Antarctic centre of Athy.
See http://www.antarctic-circle.org/gathering4-athy.htm for further details.



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