Sketches

Lickisto, Isle of Harris

Lickisto, Isle of Harris

Working alongside an artist gives you fresh insights into the creative process. 

As Rose and I travel through the Outer Hebrides gathering material for our collaboration, I'm struck by the similarity between sketches and poems. Both mark down on paper a response to what is observed. As the poet Ian Stephen said when we met him in Stornoway: '... a poem is a sketch, when you think about it.'

And so we are sketching, making marks on paper. Recording. Remembering.