`At 5 o'clock on the evening of November 21st, after the ice had drawn back like pall bearers at a funeral, Endurance slipped lower in the water, her stern pointing skywards. We stood in silence while she said her last farewell. A cacophony of cracking timber and rushing water signalled her end and then she was silent, slipping into the watery grave. The bravest ship, she had struggled to the bitter end and now she was gone. Endurance - well named.'EU Toy Safety Directive - No warning
Ernest Shackleton was an Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer who attempted to reach the South Pole on several occasions. Maurice Pierse is an experienced Irish illustrator specialising in storyboards and visuals for advertising, and illustrations for print and comics. In recent years he has done storyboard work for American television channels FX, NBC Universal and the History channel. He lives in Dublin. John MacKenna is the author of eighteen books - novels, short-stories, memoir, non-fiction and poetry -- and ten stage-plays. A winner of numerous literary prizes including the Irish Times, C Day Lewis and Hennessy Awards, he teaches creative writing at the National University of Ireland and is currently writer-in-residence with Carlow County Libraries and Arts Service. He lives in Co Carlow in Ireland.