ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: October 10, 2019
An Orkney Tapestry
By (author) George Mackay Brown
A unique look at Orkney through a poet’s eye, An Orkney Tapestry is a celebration of its people, language and place. It is not written as a continuous historical narrative but as a pattern of history, legend and folklore. Beautifully illustrated throughout by Sylvia Wishart – a fellow Orcadian – they show what has been won and lost in Orkney over the centuries.Chapters discuss modern Orkney; Rackwick: the development and decline of an island community, a microcosm of Orkney life; Vikings: a study of three great Vikings: Earl Sigurd; Said Magnus and Martyr, and Earl Rognvald the Crusader; Poets: a ballad maker and Robert Rendall, an Orkney poet; Midwinter Music and Midsummer Music: two chapters on folklore and communal art and poetry.
George Mackay Brown
George Mackay Brown (1921-96) was one of the twentieth century’s most distinguished and original writers. His lifelong inspiration and birthplace, Stromness in Orkney, moulded his view of the world, though he studied in Edinburgh and later at Newbattle Abbey College. In 1941 he was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis and lived an increasingly reclusive life in Stromness, but he produced a regular stream of publications from 1954 onwards. These included A Calendar of Love (1967), A Time to Keep (1969), Greenvoe (1972), Hawkfall (1974), and, notably, the novel Beside the Ocean of Time (1994), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Saltire Book of the Year.