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Author(s): Kenneth Steven, Iain Sarjeant
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In this exciting and beautiful spiritual evocation of Iona, we find inspiring photography, brand new poems, tales recounting legends, local stories and Celtic passages from Adamnan - but there is much more to this wonderful book than a simple description of its elements can capture. It is a work of poetic, spiritual beauty.
Evoking the intricacies of the island's spiritual web, the book finds half-explored coves and caves, explores the names of certain seldom-visited glens and headlands and tells people who thought they knew everything about Iona things of which they had no knowledge.
KENNETH STEVEN is a highly popular Scottish writer, poet and broadcaster whose work is steeped in a love of Iona and the west coast of Scotland. IAIN SARJEANT is a thoughtful, frequently published photographer whose work evocatively complements the poetic approach of Kenneth Steven.
Over the past 20 years, Kenneth Steven has become one of the country's most popular poets. Drawing on a quiet Celtic spirituality and a love of wild Scotland, his engaging poetry offers us something beautiful, evocative, moving and captivating.
He is also a highly successful broadcaster, featuring regularly on national radio. His BBC Radio 4 documentary on the island of St Kilda won him a prestigious Sony Award.
'...Steven has a talent for capturing the startling, original image ... he is a fine, fine poet'. -- New Shetlander
'this poet is a worthy successor to such greats as George Mackay Brown, Iain Crichton Smith and Norman MacCaig ... he celebrates Scotland's past and present without the least trace of sentimentality'-- The Scots Magazine
'Kenneth Steven has a ready sensitivity to the beauty of small moments.'--The Herald
'Summer is a good time for pilgrimage and Iona is a popular destination. This book introduces the reader to the island, its terrain and heritage, taking the reader to the little known corners. Reading it would be good preparation for a visit. It could also be used for an „armchair pilgrimage?, by those who cannot make the journey. „It is saying that small really is beautiful and exciting, that spending time slowing down and leaving the mad rush of this world?s frenetic pace reaps rich rewards.?
The photographs are breathtaking, the writing - poems and prose - evocative. A beautiful book that many people will enjoy. -- Gail Ballinger, The Julian Meetings magazine, August 2014
Book review in St Columba parish newsletter