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Land of the Seal People
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ISBN:
9781841588803
Categories
Folklore
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
01 May 2010
Format
PB
Status
CU
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
224

Land of the Seal People

by Duncan Williamson - Find out more about the author

'Duncan is a first-class storyteller' – Northern Times

'An important part of our heritage to be treasured and shared' – Scottish Home and Country

'Superbly handled, as you would expect from this acknowledged master of storytelling'– The Scots Magazine

No stories were more potent, more engaging, more subtle or profound than these half-animal, half-human tales of the sea. Time and time again listeners enthralled by Duncan Williamson’s lore would ask him for the silkie tale. Duncan grew up with the seals, slept nights stranded by the tide in their colonies, heard countless stories from crofters, fishermen and travellers alike about the strange people who were related to the seal; the silkie stories magically link the two worlds, animal and human, sea and land.

This new and expanded edition contains twenty-four stories, including thirteen that are previously unpublished, with a new introduction by Linda Williamson which examines the background of the West Highland belief in the seal people.

The Land of the Seal People is a work of a master narrator, Scotland’s greatest contemporary storyteller. The book is adult fiction of high intellectual and literary standards, and, as Scottish folk tales, suits children and adults alike. From the oral tradition of the West Coast, these stories are a vital part of Scotland’s heritage.

With over ten books to his name, Duncan Williamson was one of the last, best-known of Scotland’s traveller storytellers. The son, grandson and great grandson of nomadic tinsmiths, basket makers, pipers and storytellers, he became known as one of the world’s finest oral story-tellers, with over 3,000 stories committed to memory. He died in November 2007.