It’s been a massive year of school talks - well over 100 by my reckoning. I’ve had such fun meeting so many inspiring kids, teachers and parents and sharing the story of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition. So often Scott’s story is reduced to a tale of failure and death and yet what makes it so compelling and memorable are those aspects most relevant to kids today - resilience, perseverance, teamwork and curiosity about the world.
When I look back over the last few years, the thing that gives me most satisfaction is taking my stories into the real world, connecting with children and young people around the world and introducing them to Antarctic history. In this I feel extremely fortunate.
I look forward to doing it all again next year - this time with Roald Amundsen along for the ride!