Navigating Home reflects, its title suggests, on journeys and on the idea of home – what it is for someone who has known a place always; what it is for someone leaving or returning home; or for someone arriving to make a new home; or for someone who can make any place home.
The volume includes poetry, memoir and short fiction from new and established writers. There is Ron Ferguson’s account of his arrival in Kirkwall with his family on a snowy night in December 1990. They move into their new home and he takes up his post as minister of St Magnus Cathedral, wondering what he brings to the position and the place, reimagining the arrival and nature of the welcome of other strangers in the past, in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.
Visiting writer Kevin Cadwallander writes in his poem ‘Homecoming’ of the uneasy, indefinable ‘home’ a country and nationality give, saying,
It’s not a question of boundaries . . . It’s not a question of landscape
Shetland writer Christie Williamson imagines home as a point to return to, a ‘place’ seen through the storm giving the ‘seafarer’ glimpses of meads or navigation points to steer on.
Morag MacInnes reacts to the question of whether Orkney still has story-tellers with a response which suggests that people’s lives, here as elsewhere – contain the material which feeds their curiosity and imaginations and is irresistible in its demand to be transformed into stories.
Here writers young and old give insights into their stories of journey and home.
Compiled and edited by Nalini Paul
First published in 2010 by The George Mackay Brown Fellowship in association with Scottish Arts Council, Orkney Islands Council and Leader.
Fran Flett Hollinrake
Images by Christina Sargent
Design and layout by Iain Ashman
Printed by The Orcadian Ltd, Hell’s Half Acre, Hatston, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1DY
Price £6.00 (£7.00 including p&p))
An anthology of poetry, short fiction and memoir by writers and guest writers in Orkney