Free

I am an Island with Tamsin Calidas

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh

53 - 62 South Bridge

Edinburgh

EH1 1YS

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description
Tamsin Calidas will be in conversation about her beautiful memoir, I am an Island.

About this Event

When Tamsin Calidas first arrives on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, it feels like coming home. Disenchanted by London, she and her husband left the city and high-flying careers to move the five hundred miles north, despite having absolutely no experience of crofting, or of island life. It was idyllic, for a while. But as the months wear on, the children she'd longed for fail to materialise, and her marriage breaks down, Tamsin finds herself in ever-increasing isolation.

Injured, ill, without money or family, and ostracised by hostile and patriarchal islanders, she is pared right back, stripped to becoming simply a raw element of the often harsh landscape. But with that immersion in her surroundings, gradually emerges the possibility of rebirth and renewal. Tamsin begins a slow journey back from the brink.

Startling, luminous, and extremely moving, I am an Island is a story about the incredible ability of the natural world to provide when everything else has fallen away: an inspirational and unforgettable journey of solitude, friendship, resilience and self-discovery.

Tamsin Calidas is a writer and photographer living in the wilds of the Scottish Hebrides. She graduated from Oxford University in 1992 with a BA Hons and worked in various role in advertising, publishing and the BBC before giving it all up in 2004 to move from Notting Hill to a tiny, remote island in Scotland to run a derelict croft with sheep and horses.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh

53 - 62 South Bridge

Edinburgh

EH1 1YS

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved