Big winds was written on and about the island of Colonsay and describe the experience of island life through the eyes of a townie. I made my home on the island in my late twenties, got married, became a farmers wife, had children, ran a cafe and studio, got divorced and joined the fire brigade. These were all experiences I never imagined having as I stood on stage in the middle of Edinburgh in the life that went before.
I came across the island by accident, I had no idea of it’s existence until I applied for a summer job and landed in it’s windy harbour in my 27th year. I was immediately overpowered by this magical place, it was so beautiful, so wild, the folk were also a breed apart, stubborn, independent, resourceful, lawless. I was in love.
A tour around the island on arrival revealed the astonishing beauty and power of the landscape and I was a goner.
Of course life changes your view of everything and life on Colonsay while extraordinary was also tough in every way. You learn things about yourself good and bad. Don’t get me wrong fun was really fun, life was never dull but relationships can always put a bomb into the most perfect life. We had a few bombs go off and life changed.
These poems reflect that time, that life, those changes.