My findings? Many written books, not so many oral stories.
In terms of book publishing this side of the Baltic there is a refreshing state of…More
Thought it might be good, to give a Finnish glimmer, images that make an impression, that touch me. Been on this island for three weeks now. Every day is lighter. Now it is hardly dark. I thought having lived in Caithness for five years I knew what this seasonal huge outbreathing was like, but…More
I met with Linna from the finnish International Literature Institute. We had an interesting discussion, over herb tea in a rather funky little Helsinki cafe. WE spoke about stories and self esteem. Finland has its national epic - The Kalevala. What's your Scottish epic story, she asked. I didn't know. Adam and Eve?
The Kalevala is interesting on lots of levels - not least of all because it is fairly new as far as creation myths go, and was in itself created. A folklorist, Elias…More
Second week begins on this small strange island where my windows were built two hundreds years ago to shoot an arrow out and avoid any fired in, where when I run - yes run! in the morning.
I run over bomb shelters, whizz past canons, give a passing nod to prison cells and bunkers and here I am, spending a month in the barracks. Not what you might imagine floats a writers boat, but then again why not? I am learning to draw it out from within, rather than gather like a butterfly or bee…More