In the autumn of 2014 a poet and a photographer met in the Lochmaddy Hotel to discuss a wee collaboration and the result, ‘The Island Spirit’ , is now available.
With photography by Jörg Waste, distillations by poet Peter Kerr, and an essay by John Randall, this beautiful book is a collection of photographic essays, each focusing on a protagonist or a group of people living and working in the Western Isles.
Copies are available online: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/7836068-the-island-spirit
archipelago of island clouds
becalmed in silence
of sea-blue sky
I am thrilled and delighted that my poetry will accompany a Hebridean land and sea film by Jim Hope in a projection at the Boatman’s Tower opposite Bayhead in Stornoway as part of the ‘Building our Islands’ illuminations in the town on Saturday 25th March 2017.
There are three venues participating in the events; The Nicolson Institute & the Boatman’s Tower in Stornoway, and the Girnal at Rodel, Harris, and all three have connections with my family.
My cousin Alma taught music at the ‘Nici’, my grandfather John Kerr was born 142 years ago this month just across the water from the Boatman’s Tower at 11 Bayhead, and my cousin Angus Kerr was the farm manager at Rodel in the latter years of the 19thC.
There are more details about the project on the An Lanntair website and in the Facebook listings for the Stornoway & Rodel illuminations and lantern parades.
a pair of blue tits twitch and tweet
from naked branch to naked branch
thoughts from a sailor’s pipe
drift over shadow smudges
of bright protractor moon
on unfurled chart of sky
pools of light from streetlamps
chromatograph into a sheet
of black and orange bars