About the Book
Visual artists (Julia Love Griffiths and Ann Thomas) and myself as a writer have come together to create a coastal meditation on a tiny area of West Scotland’s seaboard. We have used a variety of media including paintings and line drawings. The landscape is seen from various perspectives: personal, artistic, historical, archaeological, ecological, geological and mythological.
My son Peter created the layout for the book.
It is a bioregional work in the sense that I try and get a feel historically for a culture based on where I live, in collaboration with two visual artists.
To think – we could all be writing collaborative books for our own home landscape (in my case, a stretch of coast only 13 miles long)! Every local landscape has its own unique character and the people living on it – especially in the pre-industrial age – responded to it in unique ways.
Thanks to Carina for coming up with the idea and keeping me on track, Peter for doing the layout, Templar Arts and Leisure Centre, Tarbert (talc.) for technical support during their drop-in sessions (funded by Young Start), Angus Martin for being an honest critic of the text and Dr. Vicki Cummings and Roddy Regan for checking the archaeological information.
The Templar Arts and Leisure Centre (talc.) is located at the beautiful harbour front in Tarbert – a small fishing village in Kintyre, Argyll in Scotland. We help youth- and community groups to create books. Our Media Art and Design programme offers courses and projects in Contemporary Visual and Media Arts, Digital Photography and Image Manipulation, Illustration and Graphic Design, Book Layout, Artists books, Patterns for Textile Print, Media Sculpture and Installation – and more. There are educational, theme-based projects and professional software training – but also fun sessions for everyone. Participants print their books with blurb.