Poems about Galapagos and Shetland.Read More
If you are lucky enough to be located in the Northern Hemisphere, right now is the perfect time of year to see the aurora borealis. Known in Shetland and Orkney as the mirrie dancers, and in other places as the northern lights, the aurora decorate the night sky in an array of vivid colours, usually green but sometimes red, yellow, blue and violet.
For those of us not in the far north, the Icelandic creative genius known as O Z Z O photography has made a short film with a drone camera showing the aurora illuminating his native landscape. We can't think of a better way to spend a dreamy few minutes.
'In British literature, islands emerge as places of particular power. They offer magic, intrigue and adventure as well as damnation,' writes Madeleine Bunting in a recent article to support her much-praised new book Love of Country: a Hebridean Journey.
The islands that form the subject of her enquiry have inspired a remarkable number of celebrated works, from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island to George Orwell's 1984. Find out why in her article, published by the Guardian.
More information on Love of Country is available from the website of its publisher, Granta.
The world's loneliest bovine has died. The Brahman cow of Coney Island Park, Singapore, is thought to have succumbed to a chronic illness after being sedated for a regular health check. No one is sure of the beast's age, but it is believed to have been quite old. The cow's life is one of Singapore's great modern mysteries, as intriguing as the story behind the odd little island where it spent many a lonesome day. Read more on the BBC.
Striking works from the artist's recent trip to Orkney and Shetland feature in a new exhibition.Read More
Two poems about Orkney by GS Smith. One is a minimalist sound piece; the other is an ode to a wave energy testing facility at Scapa Flow, and the generators the poet spotted as he walked from Skara Brae to Stromness.Read More