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Rowing to the North Pole - Malta - Tidal islands

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 17 September 2011

John McCarthy talks to adventurer Jock Wishart about his recent expedition rowing to the North Pole. He and his team were the first to achieve this feat made possible this year by global warming melting the ice. They were under threat from polar bears and crushing ice floes and had to return before the sea froze over again. John also meets novelist Jo Baker whose stay in Malta led to the discovery of her family's First World War connection with the island. And Peter Caton who has visited all of Britain's tidal islands tells John about the variety of history and landscape of these fascinating places isolated from the mainland at high tide. The best known are Lindisfarne and St Michael's Mount but there are many others from the Thames to the Highlands.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Jock Wishart

    is a yachtsman, adventurer and explorer. At the end of July Jock and his team set oft on another adventure to row their way to the magnetic north pole. Their trip of 450 miles was completed in 28 days in the short window of ice free time but where ice floes and polar bears were an ever present danger.

    Find out more about Jock Wishart
  • Jo Baker

    is a novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Her latest novel, The Picture Book, deals with several generations of a family from the First World War to the present. Jo went to Malta in 2004 on a writer’s residency at an arts centre, which enabled her to explore beyond the holidaymaking aspect of the island.

    The Picture Book
    Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
    ISBN-10: 1846273811
    ISBN-13: 978-1846273810

    Find out more about Jo Baker
  • Peter Caton

    There are some 43 tidal islands, which you can walk to at low tide, around the coast of mainland Britain. In his new book Peter visits all of them in a clockwise direction starting at St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. He explores the history and legends of the islands from the well known like Lindisfarne and Burgh Island to the remote ones in the Highlands.

    No Boat Required: Exploring Tidal Islands
    Publisher: Matador
    ISBN-10: 1848767013
    ISBN-13: 978-1848767010

    Find out more about Peter Caton


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