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Around 1200 AD an unknown writer gathered the exploits of the earls of Orkney and published them in Orkneyinga Saga. One of the Earls, Rognvald, was a poet as well as ruler. Since then, many writers have depicted these islands and the world beyond. Some have achieved international recognition; but there are others too who should be more widely known.
This book introduces twelve of these Orkney writers with brief life stories, extracts of their work, and an exploration of the connections between them.
The twelve writers
Mary Brunton, Walter Traill Dennison, J. Storer Clouston, Edwin Muir, Robert Rendall, Eric Linklater, Christina Costie, Ann Scott-Moncrieff, Ernest Marwick, Margaret Tait, George Mackay Brown, Bessie Skea
First published in 2015 with a grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation; reprinted in 2017 with support from local organisations and businesses:
Braga Press; European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC); Kirkness & Gorie; The Kristin Linklater Voice Centre; The Orcadian; The Orphir Community Council; S & J D Robertson Group Ltd; Sanday Development Trust; Sheila Fleet; Stromness Books & Prints; Stromness Community Council; The Wheeling Steen Gallery
Cover design and page layout:
The Orcadian Ltd, Hell’s Half Acre, Hatston, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1DY
Booklet: 48 pages
Price £6.00 (£7.00 including p&p)
That Bright Lifting Tide
Biographies of 12 Orkney writers