Sunday, 28 February 2010


Poetry pops up in the most wonderful places. Even at Quilt Fairs! Two years ago at this fair there was an entire series of beautiful quilts made to illustrate some of George Mackay Brown's poems, the Orkney poet who "sang the islands".

The quilt here is inspired by his poem "A Calendar of Kings" in which he imagines the three kings journeying through the Orkneys, trading for fish, sleeping among dews, waking to the lark's song and, as in this quilt, folowing their star:

"A glim on the darkling road.
The star! It was their star.!"

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