Sy Story

A Portrait of Stornoway Harbour

By Donald Murray

Format: Multiple Formats

A celebration in poetry, prose and illustrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the port of Stornoway.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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Lewisman Donald S Murray tells in his inimitable verse and prose Stornoway's story from the days when Mesolithic people sheltered there to its present-day life as a bustling, modern harbour, casting light on men and boats, native herring girls and island visitors, the town's triumphs and tragedies. These include such events as the sinking of the Iolaire, the ship which went down with over 200 soldiers as they returned home from World War I, the departure of the Metagama to Canada in 1923, packed with islanders on their way to start a new life in North America, and the dramatic arrival of the fishing boat the Astrid, with 29 refugees from Soviet Estonia, in 1948. Accompanying the work are 20 striking and distinctive illustrations from, Douglas Robertson, as well as over 30 photographs. All of this comes together to capture both the past and present of the port, making the book a delight both for those who know the town well and the many holiday-makers who explore its harbour during summer months.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 26 Jan 2015
SKU 9781780272603-grouped
Number of Pages 192

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'Donald S. Murray is one of the most accomplished and original writers to have emerged from Lewis in modern times, and there is stiff competition' - Roger Hutchinson, West Highland Free Press; 'The perfect way to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the town as a port' - Scots Magazine

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