Category Archives: Culture

Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

A couple of years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, part of an international institute begun by the Scottish poet and thinker Kenneth White. I quote from its website: “It seeks a new

Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

A couple of years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, part of an international institute begun by the Scottish poet and thinker Kenneth White. I quote from its website: “It seeks a new

On the Deep Wealth of this Nation

Newton Harrison is an artist practising in California. Recently he responded to a request from the Barn Arts centre, Aberdeenshire, to produce a work on the Don and Dee catchments where the Barn is located. He flew over the catchments

On the Deep Wealth of this Nation

Newton Harrison is an artist practising in California. Recently he responded to a request from the Barn Arts centre, Aberdeenshire, to produce a work on the Don and Dee catchments where the Barn is located. He flew over the catchments

Firth of Lorn

I was talking to Carina (my partner) about how the various Firths of Scotland form natural regions, and she suggested an area I hadn’t thought big enough: The Firth of Lorn. Today we were on Gigha and my old friend

Firth of Lorn

I was talking to Carina (my partner) about how the various Firths of Scotland form natural regions, and she suggested an area I hadn’t thought big enough: The Firth of Lorn. Today we were on Gigha and my old friend

Mapping the Clyde bioregion

It’s not possible to encapsulate a bioregion in a single map. In 2015 McCloskey created one for “Cascadia”, the name given to the huge bioregion of a mighty part of the western seaboard of the USA and Canada. However, in

Mapping the Clyde bioregion

It’s not possible to encapsulate a bioregion in a single map. In 2015 McCloskey created one for “Cascadia”, the name given to the huge bioregion of a mighty part of the western seaboard of the USA and Canada. However, in

Scottish bioregions

I have had a go at mapping Scotland’s bioregions. Certain regions have longstanding historical and cultural associations eg. The Lothians, Moray and Fife. Others are archipelagos: the Orkneys, Shetlands and Hebrides. I see these island groupings as a key pattern,

Scottish bioregions

I have had a go at mapping Scotland’s bioregions. Certain regions have longstanding historical and cultural associations eg. The Lothians, Moray and Fife. Others are archipelagos: the Orkneys, Shetlands and Hebrides. I see these island groupings as a key pattern,

Woodland skills: helping rural enterprise

A group of us in Kintyre are in the process of setting up a social enterprise offering skills to create sustainable livelihoods in remote rural settings like the western seaboard of Scotland. Our first training is on the removal of

Woodland skills: helping rural enterprise

A group of us in Kintyre are in the process of setting up a social enterprise offering skills to create sustainable livelihoods in remote rural settings like the western seaboard of Scotland. Our first training is on the removal of

Ardpatrick: snapshot of rural depopulation

Ferry Wood is located on the Ardpatrick Estate, part of Ardpatrick township. In former days it was connected by sea: the name “Ferry Wood” is given to it by dint of it being at one end of a ferry route

Ardpatrick: snapshot of rural depopulation

Ferry Wood is located on the Ardpatrick Estate, part of Ardpatrick township. In former days it was connected by sea: the name “Ferry Wood” is given to it by dint of it being at one end of a ferry route