Thanks to everyone who came along to my public lecture about William Scoresby Jr., Liverpool whaling and Arctic exploration yesterday. That was the first public airing for my Scoresby project other than the Letters to Elizabeth blog and it was good to put it out in front of an audience [Update June 5th, 2013: the talk and slideshow are available online here]. It makes the project feel quite a lot more developed than I thought it was, and has reminded me that I need to get on and start writing properly now.
The lecture was the first in a series of six being held on Wednesdays at the Merseyside Maritime Museum as part of the Moby Dick on the Mersey festival, arranged by Dr. Claire Jones. A further two free public lectures, one on scrimshaw, by Dr Janet West, of the Scott Polar research Institute, and another on Herman Melville and Liverpool, by Katie McGettigan of Keele University, are taking place over the weekend of May 4th-6th as part of the Moby-Dick marathon reading itself. The full lecture series programme can be found here. The complete programme of events for adults and children over the marathon weekend can be found here.