Deception Island

Deception Island
Thu 29 Sep
10:30 UK

Step inside an exact replica of an Antarctic hut and be transported to Deception Island, a tiny caldera in the Antarctic Ocean, battered by the fiercest seas in the world and shaken by volcanic activity. Here the rusting remains of industrial whaling and a seabed littered with whalebones testify to humankind’s greed and brutality. But the island is also an outpost of scientific exploration, a witness to human attentiveness and fortitude.

Prepare to embark on an immersive poetry, sound and film expedition like nothing you have been on before. Deception Island summons a remote frontier where a frozen climate and months of winter darkness impose a kind of perpetual lockdown. As the ship carrying the author’s father edges through the basalt cliffs into the calmer waters of Deception Island, the island’s many voices, human and non-human, begin to speak.

About the Producer

Elizabeth Lewis Williams is a Norwich-based poet and teacher who completed her doctorate in Creative-Critical writing, exploring aspects of scientific and poetic measure in Antarctic poetry, at the University of East Anglia earlier this year.  She is currently working on a book of creative non-fiction called Antarctic Identities, combining research on the British Antarctic base and field reports, with a more personal narrative arising from her father’s experiences in the far South during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Deception Island is presented by Story Machine in collaboration with Elizabeth Lewis Williams. It is delivered in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, and Norwich Science Festival. It is funded by Arts Council England.