7 Waves

900 years – it’s a long time in human terms, but when Magnus Erlendson was a boy exploring the Birsay shoreline, the waves rolled in as they do today.

Shortly seven more waves will wash up over the sea front and into the St Magnus Kirk, in the form of an installation by Erlend Brown and Dave Jackson. The seven waves will be like spume floating overhead; the imagery will be a response to ‘Tryst on Egilsay’ a cycle of seven poems by George Mackay Brown, which shed light on how the creative mind interprets the great story of peace talks with his cousin Hakon Paulson, ending in the martyrdom of Magnus.


Dounby Community School, under the guidance of Eilidh Harcus, Art teacher, have also created artworks, with each of the seven year groups looking at a different poem. The poems will be further enhanced by the fresh, recorded voices of some of the pupils.

The installation will be open to the public from 3.30 on Saturday 15th April, St Magnus Church, Birsay


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