Feral Words

Blog posts/essays & photos by William A. Young, linking travel, hiking, mythology, and some associated odds-and-ends

Frost Flowers – Unfolding a New Project

“Let the lesson be – to be yourselves… And to make that worth being” Hugh MacDiarmid (translated from Old Scots into English) Most flowers blossom for weeks on end. The … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · 13 Comments

Winterland

This is Scotland. This is what we do šŸ™‚ Last winter, between Christmas and New Year, my brother and I took a wander out into the highlands. We caught the … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

Return

I’ve been away for a little while now; it’s time to come back to the online world. I took a wee break from writing after I finished my book; then … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Books- the Past & the Future

SomethingĀ in honour of World Book Day. The painting shown is from the Shahnameh; the ‘Book of Kings’- you can click on the image to open it up and take a … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 6 Comments

Some Blogs Worth Reading, February 2015

I’ve not had much opportunity to work on this blog for a while, as I’ve been toiling away, putting the finishing touches to my book. I have had the time … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Dance in the Snow- Kalpa, Kinnaur

In the high valleys of the Himalaya, balanced between Tibet and the plains of north India, there liesĀ a land called Kinnaur. It occupies the steep slopes of the Sutlej canyon, … Continue reading

January 24, 2015 · 6 Comments

Otherworlds #2- The Prisoner of the Tree

The first writers from the bright-lit lands of the Middle Sea, gazing north into a gloom of silver clouds and fog and endless trees, described how the peoples of the … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · 7 Comments

The Endless Knot- Edinburgh’s Forgotten Celtic Art

Edinburgh is a place for secret things. The city feels like a labyrinth; a maze of tangled stone in which the works of generations hide themselves. They pile up, layer … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

God is an Artist- the Canyon Country of Northeast Iceland

There is in the northeast of Iceland a canyon, that cuts through a landscape of vari-coloured hills and enormous, surreal rock formations. It contains walls of basalt columns, a desert … Continue reading

November 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

Otherworlds #1 – The Son of the Dead Woman

It started with a book. I found it while returning from a trip to the peninsula of Knoydart on the northwest coast, where David HineĀ and I had spent a week … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

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