I’ve attended many an event held by Booka Bookshop in Oswestry, but last Wednesday evening, on their 9th anniversary, they held an event to surpass them all… An Evening with Michael Palin.
Perhaps best known for his travel documentaries and being a member of Monty Python, Michael Palin is a comedian, actor, presenter and writer. This latest travel documentary saw him visit North Korea, a country not high on many people’s lists of holiday destinations!
An Evening with Michael Palin was part of his Erebus book tour. In the recently released Erebus: The Story of a Ship, Michael brings to life the trials and tribulations of HMS Erebus and those who sailed aboard.
Erebus was originally built in Wales as a bomb ship before being converted into a scientific ship and voyaging to the ends of the earth. In 1839, Erebus went further south than any ship had ever been before and circumnavigated the Antarctic. Its doomed Franklin expedition to the Arctic in 1845 proved to be its last. Erebus and its crew disappeared mysteriously without barely a trace. Nearly 170 years later, Erebus was rediscovered and Michael knew he had to tell its story.
Michael Palin is a wonderful storyteller. We sat intrigued and fascinated as Michael told us of the life and history of HMS Erebus and those who sailed upon her. His excitement and interest were infectious, even injecting humour into this fateful story.
I left the event, my book signed and dedicated, eager to delve into the book. A thoroughly fascinated and enjoyable evening was had by all.
Many thanks to both Michael Palin and Books Bookshop for putting on such a wonderful event.