A SCOTS DICTIONARY OF NATURE
Available 20th September 2018, published by
Artist's talk, Sligachan, Skye, 26th November 2018, as part of SEALL Festival of Small Halls
Glasgow launch, Tuesday 6th November, 7pm, Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street
Grantown-on-Spey launch, 11th October 2018, 7pm @ Grantown Museum, organised by The Bookmark and Grantown Museum
Scotland is a nation of dramatic weather and breathtaking landscapes - of nature resplendent. And, over the centuries, the people who have lived, explored and thrived in this country have developed a rich language to describe their surroundings: a uniquely Scottish lexicon shaped by the very environment itself.
A Scots Dictionary of Nature mines old 19th century Scots language dictionaries to bring together - for the first time - the deeply expressive language which has been used to describe land, wood, weather, birds, water and walking in Scotland.
Artist Amanda Thomson collates and celebrates these traditional Scots words, which reveal ways of seeing and being in the world that are in danger of disappearing forever.
What emerges is a vivid evocation of the nature and people of Scotland, past and present; of lives lived between the mountains and the sky.