Arthur's Seat is climbed (or walked up and around) by thousands of people each year. The views from the top of the 350-million year old landmark are breathtaking. In this book, Stuart McHardy and Donald Smith interweave the tales of folklore and customs that surround this iconic hill.
|Author||Stuart McHardy and Donald Smith|
|Author Bio||STUART McHARDY is a writer, musician, folklorist, storyteller and poet, and has lectured on many aspectes of Scottish history and culture. A prolific author, he has published several books including A New History of the Picts, Tales of Edinburgh Castle, The Quest for the Nine Maidens, On the Trail of Scotland's Myths and Legends and the Edinburgh and Leith Pub Guide.
DONALD SMITH is a storyteller, playwrite, novelist and performance poet. Born in Glasgow, he has worded in theatre and literature in Scotland since the 1970s. Donald is a founding director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, founding director of the National Theatre of Scotland and first chair of the Literature Forum for Scotland.
|Back Cover Text||Standing in the Hunter's Bog with the Salisbury Crags to the west, Dasses to the east and the great summit crag rising above, you could be deep in the Highlands. There is no sight and very little sound of the modern cityscape all around. STUART McHARDY
Arthur's Seat, rising high above the Edinburgh skyline, is the city's most awe-inspiring landmark Although thousands climb to the summit every year, its history remains a mystery, shrouded in myth and legend.
Quickly and suddenly we lose the sense of ciy. Through the park is now surrounded by Edinburgh, it still retains a sense of wildness. DONALD SMITH
The first book of its kind, Arthur's Seat: Journeys and Evocations is a salute to the ancient tradition of storytelling, guiding the reader around Edinburgh's famous 'Resting Giant' with an exploration of the local folklore and customs associated with the mountain-within-a-city.
Inspired by NVA's Speed of Light, a major event in Edinburgh's International Festival and the country-wide Cultural Olympiad, Journeys and Evocations brings together past and future in a perspective of the Edinburgh landscape like no other.
A place where time does not pass but simply adds up. ROBERT GARIOCH
|Reviews||Two of the city's leading storytellers... have sifted through the centuries to compile the remarkable guide to Edinburgh's famous landmark.Arthur's Seat: Journeys and Evocations draws on folklore tales and real life stories to create a unique walkers' guide to the famous ridges, crags and valleys that make up the hill. EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS|
|BIC Subject||Folklore, myths & legends|
|BISAC Subject||HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain|