This Friday we are lucky enough to be on his route between Ullapool and Lewis - the long way round!
Ian will appear as part of the Orkney Library & Archives contribution to Orkney Nature Festival's Maritime Day in the wood-lined ship's hold of the Upper Library at Stromness Academy, so he should feel at home.
Friday 17 May
Wine, soft drinks & nibbles provided
Ian's poems reflect his island background and his passions for the big seas and skies round Scotland.
Ian was awarded writing bursaries from the Scottish Arts Council in 1981 and 1995. He was also the inaugural winner of the Christian Salvesen/Robert Louis Stevenson award in 1995, and in 2004, he was the first artist in residence at StAnza, Scotland's annual poetry festival. He received a Creative Scotland Award, contributed to Zenomap (Venice Biennale 2003), and represented Scotland at ‘Poetry without Borders’ in the Czech Republic, 2004.
Among his publications are Malin, Hebrides, Minches, with photos by Sam Maynard (Dangaroo Press, Denmark, 1983), Varying States of Grace(Polygon, 1989), Mackerel & Cremola (pocketbooks, 2001), and It's about this (Nomad/ Survivors Press, 2004), from a poem-log of a voyage to Orkney, commissioned by StAnza. A bilingual edition of his poetry, Adrift / Napospas vlnám, was published in Czech in 2007." (from Scottish Poetry Library website)
as of Dutch-masters
but these are faster:
shifting light tones.
Sea colours assault both shores and eyes. A lot of angry white breaking from brilliance. Dry dykes could never hold that water out so grazings and furrows are backspaced a field-fathom. But lichened slabs, cemented just high enough to make muted roofs, stay-put on built frames. Gales ruffle skins of sand and walls: of cattle and dwellings and pass over all.