r2vyln3rdioj14u-rld0ska where mountains meet the sea: July 2018

Praise of Ben Dorain

1. Urlar: The Main Theme

Praise over all to Ben Dorain –
She rises beneath the radiant beams of the sun –
In all the magnificent range of the mountains around,
So shapely, so sheer are her slopes, there are none
To compare; she is fair, in the light, like the flight
Of the deer, in the hunt, across moors, on the run,
Or under the green leafy branches of trees, in the groves
Of the woods, where the thick grass grows,
And the curious deer, watchful and tentative,
Hesitant, sensitive: I have had all these clear, in my sight.
A herd of the deer: each startles at once,
And they leap, as if one, and it starts!
The bounding of bodies, the weight in their forms,
In movement away, their white rumps up, bobbing,
Away in a spray, an array:
They are grace, in their movement, yet skittish.
Prompted by fear, carried by muscle, charged by instinctual sense;
Equally so, the shy, sombre stag,
In his warm brown coat,
The russet of fur, his antlers raised high,
Stately and slow, he walks by.

Donnchadh Bàn Mac an t-Saoir (Duncan Ban MacIntyre), the opening of Praise of Ben Dorain, translated by Alan Riach

music composed by Ronald Stevenson

The Storm

The sea, boiling porridge, all muddy and white,
all streaked in grey and bloodily red,
beaded and veined with magenta and puce,
never a respite, never a truce,
colours of terror, razors of fright,
tatters and trails of the dying and dead. . .
The wind starts up again, blasting its best,
all sorts of trouble, straight out of the west,
falling around us, elements’ rubble.
Blind to the smart of it
spindrift and rain
constant assault
thundering onslaught
whipcracks of lightning
rain horizontal and vertical both
and diagonal always, cutting across,
this way and that, flashes of jagged-edge,
zigzags of cutlass-slash, slicing the dark,
sudden, the bright score
on the black board of night’s door -
All the way through –
At the edge of what’s life, all the crew -

Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair (Alexander MacDonald), excerpted from The Birlinn of Clanranald  and trans.by Alan Riach

Da Voar Redd Up: Shetland's Spring Clean

Have you heard of Da Voar Redd Up?

Shetland's amazing community spring clean has been running for over 31 years. In that time, it has cleaned over 1,900 tonnes of bruck (that's litter, or rubbish, for those of you not from Shetland!) from Shetland's coastlines, beaches, roadsides and public spaces.

Da Voar Redd Up is one of the longest running and largest voluntary community clean ups in the UK - demonstrating Shetland's ongoing commitment to taking care of the environment. To date more than 100,000 volunteers have taken part.

This direct community action on the global epidemic of litter shows that anyone can make a difference and every piece collected matters. We hope you are inspired to start your own Redd Up!

This film was commissioned in partnership with Da Voar Redd Up organisers, Shetland Amenity Trust.

Dunna Chuck Bruck

Shieling Eagle

I woke up early this morning to the sound of the fish market, so I made this. Drawn during a residency on the Isle of Lewis as part of the Sexy Peat Project.  -Fabric Lenny