For The Islands I Sing

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George Mackay Brown was one of the most important Scottish poets of the 20th century.

He believed a poet was born, not made, and his gifts might either flourish or wither depending on circumstance.

In his case he suspected that, had he grown up in a city, he might never have written a word.

He lived in Orkney, and the islands for him became a 'place of order, a place of remembrance, a place of vision' which sustained him throughout his life.

Poet Kenneth Steven travels to Stromness, where George Mackay Brown remained for almost his entire life, to speak to those who remember him and his influence in the community.

Poet Kenneth Steven visits Orkney, the island where George Mackay Brown spent his life.