7. For the Islands I Sing

Seven Books by George Mackay Brown

On Monday 18 October at 7pm freelance writer Maggie Fergusson, author of George Mackay Brown: The Life (2006), introduced and answered questions on For the Islands I Sing (1997).

This event took place the day after the centenary of the birth of George Mackay Brown on 17 October 2021.

Seven Books 7 in the Centenary Book Group series was hosted by the GMB Fellowship and Orkney Library & Archive on Zoom. We were joined by people all over the world. If you have any comments, please email us at gmbfellows@gmail.com.

Maggie Fergusson

Maggie Fergusson is a freelance writer. She is the Literary Editor of The Tablet, and editor of the Royal Society of Literature Review

She has written for newspapers and magazines including The Times, the Daily and Sunday TelegraphObserver and the Independent magazine.

Her first book, George Mackay Brown: The Life (John Murray, 2006), won the Saltire First Book Prize, the Marsh Biography Award, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award and the Scottish Arts Council Biography Award.

Her second biography, Michael Morpurgo: War Child to War Horse (Harper Collins, 2013) explores Michael Morpurgo’s life through seven biographical chapters, to which Morpurgo responds with seven stories.

Maggie is married with two daughters and lives in London.

Photograph: courtesy of Julian Anderson

Seven Books

If you would like to attend a session, please request a Zoom link for the one you would like to attend: gmbfellows@gmail.com

If you would like to ask a question about any of the books featured, please email gmbfellows@gmail.com

7pm Monday 19 April 2021

Ron Ferguson Magnus

7pm Monday 17 May 2021

Simon Hall The Year of the Whale

7pm Monday 7 June 2021

Pamela Beasant Letters from Hamnavoe

7pm Thursday 29 July 2021

Morag MacInnes, Fiona MacInnes and Anne Bevan: Bairns’ Stories

7pm Monday 11 October 2021

Malachy Tallack Simple Fire: Selected Short Stories

8pm Thursday 14 October 2021

Linden Bicket and Kirsteen McCue: An Orkney Tapestry

7pm Monday 18 October 2021

Maggie Fergusson: For the Islands I Sing

Return to GMB Centenary 2021

Featured image: photograph of George Mackay Brown (detail) by Gunnie Moberg courtesy Orkney Library and Archive

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