This is the Herald review of Richard Holloway’s new book:
On my way to Green Routes, Gartmore Walled garden, to work as a volunteer for the charity, I pass by the ‘Trossachs Holiday Park’. Not so long ago this used … Continue reading Baad
Filmed at the abandoned farm of Whaick, Blackford 22nd September 2019, where I found an old tin chest. Music credit: ‘Tomorrow’ as performed live for Tiny Desk Top. The opening … Continue reading A tin chest
This short artistic film is about a gardener, who I call ‘the gentle gardener’. This Victorian gardener carried the same name as me. He died in 1885 aged 57 years: … Continue reading from End to End
I am not religious but in coming across this gravestone by chance on Tuesday, I found myself tearful. The grave is in Clunyhill Cemetery, Forres, and the words are by … Continue reading “Every word I think of does not seem enough”
sixty years since they were buried in the graveyard sixty years since they were loved.
Sir Francis Seymour Haden was a Victorian surgeon who is recalled as an artist, and particularly for his etchings. He was brother-in-law to James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Seymour Haden’s father, … Continue reading ‘Labour of omission’
Returning from Ayrshire I listened to a radio interview of Ian McEwan. The following short film is carried by some of what he said. Whilst in Ayrshire (I was there … Continue reading Paestum followed
Hamilton Mausoleum: it was the derelict and vandalised Keeper’s cottage, among ancient overgrown yews, that inspired this film. ‘BEV’ [whoever you are] you are the heart of this film.
A few selected passages from “The Beautiful Summer” by Cesare Pavese:
This was filmed at Borrowmeadow farm, by the river Forth, near Stirling. I first filmed at Borrowmeadow in May 2015. Yesterday, 22 June 2018, I returned. In time in-between it … Continue reading And the old brass bed they bought together
This is for my mum on Mother’s day 2017. (March 26th). It is a re-working of a film from 2011. Age ten, Edwin Morgan chose to learn his first Russian … Continue reading Lyublyu (revisited)