George Mackay Brown was a seminal figure of 20th Century Scottish literature. He wrote of life and nature in his native Orkney Islands, his fertile imagination encompassing poetry, novels, children’s stories, essays and plays.
Beyond The Swelkie is a new collection of poetry, prose and essays by a range of award winning contemporary poets and writers brought together by the poet Jim Mackintosh and writer Paul S Philippou to celebrate the centenary of George Mackay Brown, all to inspire audiences to seek out or revisit his work.
Extracts from the book and some of Brown’s words will be read by Jim, woven with visuals and with music from Duncan Chisholm and Hamish Napier. The seeds of collaboration between the poet and the two musicians were first planted during the 2020 lockdown, when their online trio videos were widely viewed and shared on social media.
The three artists simply share a love of George Mackay Brown’s work, each finding a common thread of landscape, heritage, sense of place and tradition that runs through their own writing.