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    In the Lay of the Land

    Mhairi Law on her project, In the Lay of the Land, and how it opened up new ways of understanding what life on the Isle of Lewis means for young people.

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    Polynesia and the art of the needle

    On the island of Taha’a in French Polynesia, tattoo culture is changing. In this short film, one local artist explains this evolving tradition.

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    A young Scottish woman travels to Iceland as she tries to cope with the death of her mother. Short fiction by Doug Johnstone.

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    The Battle in the Baltic

    Dominic Hinde explains how the Swedish island of Gotland has become central to the country’s political life.

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    The Art of Losing

    Nancy Campbell explores the Antarctic art of Emma Stibbon.

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    Theatre of dreams, theatre of play

    Nō and kyōgen, the most ancient performing art traditions of Japan, are the subject of the dazzling current exhibition at the New South Wales Art Gallery.

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The Tears of Chios

Grove Koger tells the story of mastic, the strange, versatile substance produced almost exclusively on the Greek island of Chios.


Fiction: A Little Big

“I am getting used to what it feels like being a seal, strong and thick and blubbery.” A short story, set in Hawaii, by Melissa Gutierrez.

Ellis O’Connor: Edges

Stunning black and white photographs from the coast of Shetland.


Thirteen brilliant island books

From Homer to Karl Ove Knausgaard: thirteen of the greatest ever island books.

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