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Like the Corn Cut Down by the River

October 23rd, 2018|, |

A 19th-century calculation of the tides in the area confirmed the chroniclers’ details. The story of the battle and the tide was depicted on 9 September 2018 in the 28th Orkney International Science Festival in Like the Corn Cut Down by the River, with Orkney Children’s Theatre Club, readers Dave Grieve and Ragnhild Ljosland, and singer Lorcán Mac Mathúna accompanied by Daire Bracken (fiddle) and Eamonn Galldubh (pipes and flute).

The Valley by the Sea

December 21st, 2017||

How the sounds and the light and the flow of time in the Orkney valley of Rackwick influenced the music of Peter Maxwell Davies. A BBC Scotland radio programme from 1982 with the poet George Mackay Brown tells the story of the composer and the valley in the island of Hoy with its breaking seas and scattered croft houses, with a visual sequence of images added today.

A9 to Wick

December 21st, 2017||

“Golspie, Brora, the northern aurora, Helmsdale, Berriedale, Dunbeath and Lybster…” Andy Munro (aka Mr Boom, the one-man band from the Moon) points his spaceship northwards in the direction of Wick, on a mission to Orkney – his annual visit to the Orkney International Science Festival.

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