September 28, 2019 posted by Unity Wellington

AFTERGLOW: Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica by Rebecca Priestley

AFTERGLOW: Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica by Rebecca Priestley

As the nights heated up this week, Unity was preparing for something cold. On Thursday the 26th September we hosted the launch of Rebecca Priestley’s new science memoir Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica published by Victoria University Press. In the book Rebecca has documented her three trips down to the frozen continent, talking about her time in Antarctica, her work within scientific communities, and her clouding anxieties around the trips and our wider world.

The launch itself was anything but icy! A warm, generous affair, the night played host to some wonderful speeches, plenty of top-notch small talk, and a good helping of iced Antarctica cookies. In classic VUP style Fergus Barrowman introduced the launch and the speakers. Fergus was followed by icon Elizabeth Knox, who launched the book with a wonderful speech praising Rebecca’s writing and adventures! Finally, Rebecca spoke, giving thanks to the numerous people who helped with the book along the way, then offering a reading from her book.

All in all, this was another wonderful launch from VUP and with the launch season just starting we remain frozen with anticipation of what’s to come.

Wellington “literati”

the reason for writing a book


Fergus Barrowman


Elizabeth Knox

Rebecca Priestley




Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica (VUP $40) is available in store or online at Unity Books

Words and photos by George Cunningham

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