M'Connachie's is back with the first talking shop of 2018.
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Our first topic is:
To be born is to be wrecked on an island
In the summer I’m giving a talk at the Creative Archipelagos conference (on the Isle of Skye) which will focus on the work of both J.M.Barrie and S.R.Crockett. I’m taking as one of my start points an exploration of what ‘to be born is to be wrecked on an island’ might mean.
Barrie is credited as writing this in an Introduction to an edition of Ballantyne’s Coral Island in 1913. Earlier, in 1894 he wrote an article titled ‘Wrecked on an Island’ for the National Observer.
There's a downloadable PDF of both pieces available below for those who are interested.
When I first read the 1913 quote I thought it was an interesting counterpoint to ‘to die will be an awfully great adventure’ but then, when I read the 1894 article and joined the dots, I realised that really Barrie was suggesting that being wrecked on an island is, in fact, both a natural and desirable state. And reading the full 1913 preface (as I have just lately done) has given me even more food for thought. Which, after all, is what Barrie does best!
Have a read for yourself and then do please come back and share your thoughts and opinions.