Excerpts from An Roghainn / The Choice

8 June - August 2017

This project is a collaborative multi-disciplinary endeavour between photographer Alastair Jackson and writer Kenneth Steven, through the media of interpretive poetry and photography. The aim of the project is to take a number of places in Skye and Raasay mentioned in the poems of Sorley MacLean, interpret them visually and marry them to appropriate new writing. 

We have a small excerpt of the full exhibition on display in the Scottish Poetry Library, which includes three poems by Kenneth Steven entitled A Different Kind of Light, The State of Scotland and Islands, and three photographs taken by Alastair Jackson. 

exhibition case with photographs and poems.

Alastair Jackson grew up in Dunvegan, Skye, and has worked with digital photography for the past five years. He has his first solo exhibition at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, in September 2016, and has taken part in audio-visual events at the CCA in Glasgow this year. Before taking up photography, Jackson's poetry was published in publications such as Northwords and Haiku Monthly. He also has a collection of his haiku published by Corbie Press in 2001. You can find out more about Alastair Jackson and his photography here.

You can find out more about poet Kenneth Steven on our Poets A-Z page here, including a biography, and a selection of poems. 

exhibition case with photographs and poems

The full work can be browsed online at Alastair Jackson's website here, where you can also direct all enquiries. 

Contact Rebecca Oliva for information regarding the library's archives and special collections, and exhibitions.