Monday, 20 January 2020

Fair Isle Forecast - Joan Lennon

Not far off eight years ago I visited Shetland as part of the Farlin project, a joint Fife-Shetland initiative that paired up poets and makers.  I loved the project, and I was excited about visiting Shetland to do a reading there, though I was 100% sure that I would not love the place as much as I love Orkney ... I was 100% wrong.

I loved it!

Good advice

Sumburgh Head

North coast, Mainland Shetland

North coast, Mainland Shetland

North coast, Mainland Shetland 

And now ... I'm going back.  Only for a few days on Mainland Shetland and then, weather permitting, in a tiny 7-seater plane to Fair Isle!  I still can't quite believe it.  I'm going on a writing residency for the entire month of February and I have my own little cottage at the foot of Malcolm's Head, down near the south shore.  I will be inhabitant number 56 on the Isle, and hope to be visiting the Primary School, and I will absolutely be writing my tiny socks off.  Well, maybe it's a bit cold in February to do that.  I will be writing while keeping my tiny socks on.  Several pairs.

This is a big adventure for me, so wish me luck - and a fair weather forecast on the day I hope to fly (5 Feb.)!  After that, blow winds and crack your cheeks!  Can't wait.

Joan Lennon's YA novel Silver Skin (set in Orkney)


Penny Dolan said...

A bold, brave adventure! Trying not to shiver at the thought, but it will be such an amazing experience for you! Lucky school too.

Joan Lennon said...

Thanks Penny - looking forward to the night skies especially!

catdownunder said...

Your screen probably turned bright green with my envy. I had brief contact with one or the residents there when I was doing some research. She was delightfully friendly, apologising for a delay in getting back to me because of the sheep needing attention. I hope you like sheep!

Anne Booth said...

How amazing! Have a wonderful time. What a brilliant thing to do, and what abgorgeous place to visit! Good luck!

Joan Lennon said...

Catdownunder - I love sheep, even though they always pee when they meet me - and thanks, Anne - will definitely want the good luck for getting onto the Isle! (Don't mind at all if I get stuck there, though.)

Sue Purkiss said...

Good luck and I hope you have a lovely and very fruitful time!

Joan Lennon said...

Thanks Sue!