An evening with Philip Marsden

Join us at St Michaels Hotel on Monday 14th October 7pm to listen to Philip Marsden discuss his new book ‘The Summer Isles’ and many more interesting tales.

The Summer Isles, the small group of Scottish islands off Scotland’s north-west coast, captivated writer Philip Marsden when he and his aunt looked upon them from the tops of the mountains they loved to climb. Now, decades after his aunt’s death, he sets sail in a beautiful wooden boat from his home in Cornwall, up the west coast of Ireland, through the Hebrides, to reach those islands of his imagination.

Sailing single-handed, he tackles the full force of the Atlantic, hopping from island to island exploring the islands’ role in early Irish and Scottish history. Through the people he meets, he learns the stories and songs, myths and legends of these precarious places, and about their place in the Celtic tradition. The role of mythical islands like Hy-Brasil and Tir na-nÓg endures – still capturing the imagination and fulfilling the timeless need for imaginary places.

Travelling in the wake of the adventurers, monks and saints who went before him, this is travel writing at its very best – about a journey as ancient as time, and the places that exist in the mind.

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