Far Inland - a novel by Peter Urpeth (Birlinn Polygon, 2006)
‘Far Inland is a shamanic story for our times. If story tells us of our past and vision speaks to the future, Peter Urpeth has combined both in this delightful work’ – Alastair McIntosh, author of Hell and High Water and fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology
‘The lonely terror of psychic disintegration and explosions of renewal are vividly and brilliantly conveyed here . . . full of authentic evocation’ – Tom Lowenstein, author of Ancient Land, Sacred Whale (Bloomsbury)
Raised in the Outer Hebrides, Sorley MacRath loved the moorlands and the brilliant night skies he knew as a child, but he knew as well the destructive power of the gift of ’second sight’. As a young man he turned his back on the island life for life in Glasgow where, ultimately, he runs an antiquarian bookshop. But events soon prove to him that his inherited powers are far greater than he knew. A violent assault leaves him in a coma and triggers his initiation as a shaman through startling encounters with his ancestors, only for him to wake into a sceptical world with no place for his archaic powers, and he too is uncertain of their truth and unskilled in their application. Haunted by memories and loss, he returns to his island home determined to prove the truth in his powers and his worth. There, living in the long-empty family croft house, he is drawn back to the wild beauty of the moorlands and the Gaelic culture of his childhood. Set on the Isle of Lewis and in Glasgow, Far Inland draws on Gaelic and Inuit mythology and spirituality to inform a contemporary tale that is profoundly original, elegiac and redemptive.
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Overlapping - a poetry pamphlet by Peter Urpeth (2013)
Overlapping is a digital poetry pamphlet by Peter Urpeth that draws on the poet's engagement with the natural world in Scotland, especially Scotland's bird life and bird mythology. The pamphlet contains 16 poems published in Scotland's literary journals over the last 17 years, and written in the Angus Glens and the Outer Hebrides. The poems draw on the author's engagement with Gaelic mythology, Arctic and sub-Arctic shamanism, old English and Anglo-saxon, and personal interactions with the natural world. The work has been compared to the poetry of Basil Bunting and the Lyrical Ballads whilst being writtten in a simple and direct style.
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