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 kidding...it'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 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Book launch: Shackleton – The Voyage of the James Caird: A Graphic Account

Gillian Hennessy Media & Marketing Executive at The Collins PressIllustrator David Butler. 
author Gavin McCumiskey and Mario Corrigan  Executive Librarian Kildare County Library and Arts Service.

Illustrator David Butler.Lettering artist Alice Coleman and author Gavin McCumiskey

Margaret Walsh Curator Athy Shackleton Museum, author Gavin McCumiskey, 
Jonathan Shackleton Historian and Illustrator David Butler,  

Kildare County Council Director of Services Peter Minnock, Illustrator David Butler, author Gavin McCumiskey, Jonathan Shackleton Historian and Frank Taaffe from Athy Shackleton Museum.

Pictures courtesy of Dean Kelly 

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Gavin LMFM- Midmorning Show Wednesday 18th of May 2016

Today, we talked to Gavin McCumiskey, originally from Dundalk, was on the line to tell us about a new graphic novel he has released which recounts Shackleton’s incredible journey of bravery and resilience.