The Other Island
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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.
'...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
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