It’s 100 years since a Scotswoman with a love of Orkney went to teach English in the then recently established University of Ljubljana in modern Slovenia. She was Fanny Copeland, daughter of Scotland’s 3rd Astronomer Royal. Her visits to Orkney in the years before World War I led to her later island verse-drama, The Selkies, and lifelong friends including Ernest Marwick and Thora Bain. But translation work at the post-war Versailles conference led to a move to the newly-established Yugoslavia, where she wrote lyrically about Slovenia’s mountains and made her final ascent of the iconic Triglav when almost 87.
Dr Matjaž Vidmar of the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh joins Dr Edvard Kobal of the Slovenian Science Foundation to tell the story, with scenes of the mountains she loved.
You can watch this free event from here, through the YouTube link below, or if you’d like to join questions and discussion, you can also go to the Science Festival’s YouTube channel