Alan Bissett: Soil & Soul

sruth-mara Alan BissettAlan Bissett. Photo by Neil Thomas Douglas

Alastair McIntosh’s vivid, inspirational book Soil & Soul describes how his early years as a ghillie on Lewis shaped his life’s work as a prominent land rights activist; sruth-mara is now developing a stage version by playwright, novelist and performer Alan Bissett.

As part of his research, Alan will be travelling around Lewis in July 2018 from sruth-mara’s base in Timsgarry, and is keen to talk to people about both the book and the island culture it describes. The visit will include an event at An Lanntair on Saturday 14 July.

We would love to hear what you think about a theatre production of this incredibly rich and evocative book, and what it means to you. If you have thoughts to share, or would like to meet Alan while he’s on Lewis, you can email sruth-mara at

Soil & Soul is supported by Creative Scotland and An Lanntair.

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