HIGHLAND RIVER

September 10 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

The John D. Mackay Memorial Lecture

The Caithness author Neil Gunn dedicated his 1937 novel Highland River to his brother John, a mathematics and physics graduate. Their father was a fisherman in Dunbeath, and the book weaves together John’s pursuit of ideas in physics with a fisherman’s scanning of the sea to the far horizon – and also to the journey from the known world of the harbour up the river, in search of its distant source. Prof. Donna Heddle of UHI’s Institute for Northern Studies looks at the book and its setting.

Responsibility; the inexorable search for truth; the vision that came to the scientist, not of personal salvation, but of an unending spiritual drive into the unknown. Man’s greatest of all poaching forays: leading him to what inconceivable water-head?

– Neil M. Gunn, Highland River
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