, Start Time: 18:00, End Time: 19:30 Orkney Distilling Ayre Road, KW15 1QX

Ian Crockatt is a poet in his own right, as well as a translator, and lives on a small croft in the Northeast of Scotland.  Alongside his own creative work, he has been fascinated by the Skaldic poetry of the Vikings producing two volumes of translations, Crimsoning the Eagle’s Claw and The Song Weigher.

Here he talks about this type of poetry and in particular the works from the Song Weigher by Egill Skallagrímsson. Skallagrímsson was the most original, imaginative and technically brilliant of the Old Norse skalds, poets whose orally composed and performed verses were as much revered in 9th to 13th century Scandinavia as heroism in battle.

Gin Tasting

Orkney Distilling has very much looked back to the Viking heritage of Orkney naming its gin Kirkjuvagr (the old name for Kirkwall).   Following the investigation of Viking poetry by Ian Crockatt there will be the opportunity to taste some of the gins produced by the Distillery whose building sits near the harbour in Kirkwall.

Tickets £25 Concessions £20

Duration 90 minutes (60-minute talk followed by gin tasting)


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