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Book Week talk at Macduff Marine Aquarium

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to face down a polar bear, perform lifesaving surgery on a wild animal, or what you would do if you found yourself on a sinking ship? 

The chance to hear stories from three different men who have been in these exact situations is coming to Aberdeenshire later this November. As part of Book Week Scotland, Aberdeenshire Libraries is bringing these adventurers to top venues in the area to tell the stories that feature in their books. Their talks will take listeners from pole to pole and to some of the wildest places on Earth.


More frequently behind the camera, world renowned film maker Doug Allan will be hosting an evening at Macduff Marine Aquarium on Friday 25thNovember. Doug spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, scientist and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, and has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen. He specialises in natural history, expedition and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet, particularly the polar zones. His work has been in series such as The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg, and most recently for Brian Cox and his Forces of Nature on BBC 1. Spending the evening among the aquarium’s exhibits, Doug will give a presentation and chat with visitors, who also have a chance to see the aquarium, including an exclusive look behind-the-scenes.



Press enquiries:

Fiona Gillies, Aberdeenshire Libraries

Tel 01651 871205 or email Fiona.gillies@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Claire Matthews, Aquarium Manager

Tel 01261 833369 or e-mail claire.matthews@aberdeenshire.gov.uk




Book Week Scotland – 21st- 27th November 2016. During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life. 

Matt Lewis is a marine biologist who lives with his family in Aberdeen.  His bestselling book Last Man Off is a gripping account of his experience of shipwreck and survival in the Antarctic Ocean.

Event: 21st November 6.15pm at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh Tickets £10 from www.eventbrite.com 

Steve Leonard is a small animal vet, with a side-line in making TV documentaries throughout the world.  Steve starred in the popular TV series Vets in Practice and is now a wildlife presenter for the BBC.

Event: Tickets £5-10 from www.eventbrite.com 

Doug Allan is a freelance wildlife photographer and documentary cameraman, who knows from first-hand experience how it feels to be face to face with some of the largest creatures on planet Earth.  As an author and speaker he shares his encounters and travels spanning over 30 years of working in natural environments.  Tickets £7.50-£15 from www.eventbrite.com 

Macduff Marine Aquarium: One of the top visitor attractions in North East Scotland, Macduff Marine Aquarium is owned and operated by Aberdeenshire Council and welcomes over 45,000 visitors per year. Open since 1997, the aquarium features local marine life and aims to promote awareness, enjoyment and stewardship of the Moray Firth marine environment.


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