Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Great Regulars: It's midwinter, and in the midst of all

the usual seasonal pother, [Kathleen] Jamie skips out and takes the ferry north from Aberdeen to Orkney. She's in search of two things: "real, natural, starry dark" and, in the neolithic burial mound of Maes Howe, a beam of solstice sunlight that, if conditions are right, will creep through the darkness and illuminate the tomb, as it has done every midwinter for 5,000 years.

from Sarah Crown: The Guardian: Darkness in literature: Kathleen Jamie's Darkness and Light


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