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Shackleton’s Man Goes South : TLP Field Trip to Science Museum



Thursday, 24 October 2013 from 14:00 to 16:00

The Science Museum, London

£15 (includes signed limited edition copy)


Join The Literary Platform team on the second of its TLP Field Trips – a chance to get out and see project work talked through by the project makers themselves.

Shackleton’s Man Goes South is the new novel by Tony White published by the Science Museum earlier this year. This thought-provoking new work of fiction is the Science Museum’s 2013 Atmosphere commission, published as part of the Contemporary Arts Programme. The novel is accompanied by a display in the Museum’s Atmosphere Gallery charting some of the scientific and literary inspiration behind the novel, that runs until spring 2014. In a central innovation visitors can use a dedicated touchscreen that is part of the display, to email themselves a free ebook of the novel in formats compatible with most devices.

“… certainly the most distinctive and formally creative novel I’ve read this year.” Niall Harrison, Strange Horizons

“… a triumph of controlled anger […] It’s not often that fiction, a novel, genuinely manages to shock.” David Gullen, Arcfinity

The Science Museum has published its first ever work of fiction, a novel by its former writer-in-residence Tony White that was inspired by a lost fragment by one of the members of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated 1911 Antarctic expedition – one of the earliest tales ever to mention climate change. The Guardian

Listen to an exclusive audiobook extract on the Science Museum’s SoundCloud page

Read more about Shackleton’s Man Goes South on Publishing Perspectives

Tony White was born in Farnham, Surrey in 1964. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Foxy-T (Faber and Faber), numerous short stories and the non-fiction work Another Fool in the Balkans (Cadogan). His recent novella Dicky Star and the Garden Rule (Forma) was specially commissioned to accompany works by artists Jane and Louise Wilson reflecting on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Missorts, White’s permanent GPS-triggered sound work for the city of Bristol can be downloaded at Tony White is currently chair of London’s arts radio station Resonance 104.4 FM, and blogs regularly at

Sarah Harvey is Assistant Curator of the Media Space and Arts Programme, Science Museum and was production manager for Shackleton’s Man Goes South.

We’re delighted that Tony and Sarah will be able to talk about the novel and the project and walk us through the accompanying exhibition in this exclusive one-off tour for The Literary Platform readers. Registration price includes a signed copy of the limited edition paperback of Shackleton’s Man Goes South, and the tour will end at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre cafe where guests can continue the conversation.

Thursday, 24 October 2013 from 14:00 to 16:00

The Science Museum, London

£15 (includes signed limited edition copy)


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