Friday, June 24, 2016

IRISH TV - Laois county Matters 103

Head to 16:30 to see our Portarlington launch of
Shackleton Voyage of the James Caird a graphic account from The Collins Press
appearing on this week's Laois County Matters. 
Produced by Hedgehog Productions Ltd

Head to 16:30 to see our Portarlington launch of Shackleton – The Voyage of the James Caird

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Interview on The Irish Jam on Wandsworth Radio in London.

Head to 1:14 on the podcast 

the best Irish fan moments of the tournament and Chris Jones discusses Northern Ireland's journey so far. Also, an interview with Kildare artist David Butler on a newly released book that he has illustrated about the adventures of the great explorer Ernest Shackleton. Plus, Irish Post Sports Editor Jamie Casey looks ahead to a huge weekend of sport. All that and a feast of music from Irish artists old & new. Please like and share!

All the latest news on the European Championships with TV3's Paul Walsh in France covering the Republic of Ireland. Conor Clear on the best Irish fan moments of the tournament and Chris Jones discusses Northern Ireland's journey so far. Also, an…

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

5 star Amazon Review Stephen Scott-Fawcett FRGS, Editor James Caird Society Journal

Stephen Scott-Fawcett in Cromer.
Stephen Scott-Fawcett during a trek in the Himalayas.Source

As the old saying goes, you can't get enough of a good thing! Signed copies of the most fun Shackleton book I've read to-date. Very well written and illustrated. A must for kids (like me). 
Well done David and Gavin!

Format: Paperback
Shackleton always craved for fame. In his time of glory, schoolchildren would write him fan letters and send him
 their modest pocket money to fund his next polar expedition. Had the Boss been alive today he would be thrilled
 by this most excellent rendition of his little boat journey. The most fun Shackleton book I've read to-date. 
Very well written and illustrated. Youngsters will love reading this book.
I loved it. My congratulations to David Butler and Gavin McCumiskey.
Go buy this little piece of fun!
Stephen Scott-Fawcett FRGS, Editor James Caird Society Journal, London, UK

Friday, June 3, 2016

Shackleton's Great Escape Amazon review Seb Coulthard

Thank David, great book! You weren't's beautifully illustrated and I love the way it brings the story home...literally...another fine book for my collection. Amazon review to go up soon! Cheers shipmate!!

Format: Paperback
This is a wonderfully illustrated book that takes you on a journey back in time to an age when men were made
of iron and sailed in little wooden boats. Sir Ernest Shackleton's great escape from Antarctica captured in a 93
 beautifully caricatured pages: the greatest journey of polar survival, the daring exploits of 28 men, an inspiring
tale of men facing adversity against unimaginable odd...what makes it even more amazing is that it is based on
true events! Seldom do you come across a story which can paint a thousand words, seldom do you encounter
such camaraderie, the kind of story which makes you realize how small we are in comparison to the vastness
of nature! This book recounts a story about endurance, duty, loyalty, optimism, resilience and heroism.
Shackleton and his men forced nature to bend to their will, the most powerful kind of will, that of survival.
David Butler is an exceptionally talented illustrator and I can't wait to see what he will produce next?
Lawrence of Arabia? Mutiny on the Bounty? George Mallory & Everest?


In January 2013, the 'Shackleton Epic' team, which was setup at the behest of The Hon. Alexandra 
Shackleton, became the first people in history to faithfully recreate Sir Ernest Shackleton's small 
boat voyage across the Southern Ocean - remarkably they did so with precisely the same equipment 
as Shackleton himself. From the clothing to the boat, the sextant, the reindeer skin blankets, and of 
course the starvation diet.

Sailor, Engineer and Adventurer Seb Coulthard is an accomplished explorer with future aspirations 
to lead expeditions to Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Jordan, Mount Everest and the South Pacific 

recipient of the Royal Institute of Navigation Certificate of Achievement, and a joint Royal 
Yachting Association and Union Internationale Motonautique  powerboat world record holder.


Seb was our inspiration for Tim McCarthy

Left: Seb-wearing-his-windproof-smock-over-a-North-Sea-Clothing-expedition-jumper-with-Swedish-balaclava-Wolsey-lambswool-beanie-hat-fingerless-gloves-by
Right: Irish Antarctic explorer Tim McCarthy (Kinsale Co. Cork)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Laois Book Launch: Shackleton - a graphic account

Illustrated by David Butler Text by Gavin McCumiskey

Time/ Date: At 7:30 pm Wednesday 1st June

Venue: Portarlington Library, Main St, Portarlington, Co. Laois

Special guest Arthur Shackleton Fruit Lawn Gardens, Abbeyleix

David Butler Illustrator, Arthur Shackleton, Gavin McCumiskey Author

Gavin McCumiskey Author, David Butler Illustrator, Arthur Shackleton. 

Photos courtesy of  Frank Smith