A’ SIUBHAIL GU H-AOTROM/ TRAVELLING LIGHT by Mòrag Law
A5, 36 pages, black and white printing, saddle stitched, soft cover, 2023
Each copy comes with a download code to download the original film soundtracks and an audio version of the text in Gaelic and English.
In 2021, film-maker Ruaridh Law started a series of films for Repeater Books. Entitled “Their Tells”, they used unseen human voices with static images to bring people’s hidden stories to life. The 6th of these films was an autobiographical, lyrical and sometimes painfully nostalgic tale of the transient island life of his mother, Morag. The full text of her script for “A’ Siubhail Gu h-aotrom” is published here, in Gaelic and English, with an introduction she penned for the broadcast; and stills from the film are reproduced, consisting of digitally altered photos of Skye. The only prompt she was given for the words was a phrase that made its way one way or another into every film - “The impossibility of home”- and the words that follow map that restlessness clearly. As she reaches her 70th year in 2023, it seemed like the perfect time to bring her ‘tells’ into print - allowing readers to share in the original ethos of the film series of bringing out the best and only version of every self.