Anne Strathie


My first full-length biography, Birdie Bowers: Captain Scott’s Marvel is to be published in September 2012 by The History Press.

Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers was the youngest of Captain Robert Scott’s five-man party who reached the South Pole in January 1912 but died on the return journey in March 1912. The biography has been informed by extensive research at the Scott Polar Research Institute and other archives, a visit to Antarctica (including Scott’s Hut) and previously unpublished material loaned from private collections.

Born and educated in Scotland, I studied English, French and Art History at St Andrew’s University. Following a business career, I worked in the arts/heritage sector, mainly as a fundraiser, including for Cheltenham and Bath Festivals, Gloucester Cathedral and Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. Whilst working I completed a degree specialising in Art History (OU, BA, 2:1, 2003) and a course in creative writing (OU, Distinction, 2009/10) and attended an Arvon Foundation course (Life Writing, tutors Carole Angier and Allegra Huston).

Other writing and research activities include :

  • Hugh Willoughby: The Man Who Loved Picassos (2008, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum); cited in Tate Picasso & Modern British Art catalogue;
  • 15th-century Italian artist Carlo Crivelli (Venice, Dalmatia, Le Marche);
  •  ‘cross-Channel’ artist/printer Lucien Pissarro (eldest son of Impressionist Camille Pissarro) and his friend Théo van Rysselberghe;
  •  Isabella Bird, the intrepid Victorian traveller, and other likeminded souls.