About the Ebook
In 1883 the population of Rousay was 1118. Today it is just over 200. 'The Rousay Clearances - Exodus from the Egypt of the North' explains how this happened.
This book was created to accompany an exhibition of images by Orcadian artist Martin Laird, with explanatory text by the writer Fiona Grahame. The exhibition was held in association with Northlight Gallery, Stromness, and St. Andrew's Fair Saturday 2020. Fair Saturday exists as a socially responsible counterpoint to Black Friday.
Martin Laird is an artist, photographer, film-maker, and award-winning animator from Orkney. His work is featured regularly in The Orkney News and iScot magazine. Since 2017, along with Fiona Grahame (editor of The Orkney News) and Cary Welling (Northlight Gallery), Martin has contributed to events held in association with St. Andrew's Fair Saturday. Their illustrated book about the Rousay Clearances in Orkney was created to accompany the Fair Saturday exhibition for 2020. Fair Saturday exists as a socially conscious counterpoint to the consumerism of Black Friday.