These events led into a residency, meeting members of the artistic community and seeing some of the country thanks to the generosity of the community and to Creative Scotland for making the travel possible. See www.stephenmorrison.org and The Island Review on line journal:
Ian Stephen’s vast and intricate A Book
of Death and Fish (Saraband) hooked me in from its first paragraph –it
is a Waterland
for the Outer Hebrides, and seems to me a major moment in the modern literature
of those islands.
Guardian Books of the Year 2014 part 1
I think it’s a landmark in Scottish
literature and in contemporary fiction.
Robert Macfarlane (in filmed interview, Saraband)
Rathlin Sound Festival - Ian and Christine Morrison sailed from Lewis in the yacht Rebecca, to join in the festival programme, in 2014 and then returned in their own El Vigo to take part in the 2015 event.
Their event Voyage, developed for the 2013 Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival, with the singer Kirsty Law, was performed on Rathlin with the skipper and tin-whistler Ken Linklater contributing tunes and percussion.
The show, this time with the sound-sculpture of Giles Perring, also opened Settle Stories festival in Yorkshire (9th to 12th Oct)
"Voyage is a superbly crafted storytelling experience in which narrative, song, music and evocative visuals all combine to draw us into the storytelling magic…. the perfect launch for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2013’ (Donald Smith, Festival Director ).
For a taste of 'Voyage', click here: http://vimeo.com/85604546
Commonwealth Poets United
Close-up of a grain-elevator, Saskatchewan
Ian represented Scotland in Canada as part of the Scottish Poetry Library's exchange of 6 Scottish poets with 6 poets from Commonwealth countries.
Christine was funded to travel with Ian and make work in response, thanks to Creative Scotland – a comparison between a 3 night voyage to shetland and a 3 night train journey over the prairies.