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Pearlfisher, The  

Pearlfisher, The $19.95 ex GST
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Come now. There’s no brightness in your life with your coin lying hidden in your pocket – no light reflecting there. Better it is to change it into colours that will make your days sing and you happy to be alive.

Summer 1948 in the North West Highlands. Post-war austerity grips the land, but here the pickings are rich for Traveller people, as they trade, poach, rustle – and fish for pearls in the clear water of the rivers. Relations with the local people hang on a fragile thread, as they barter with one another, juggling language and meaning – and sometimes desire, from a distance.

And then one day Jess, a girl from the village, spies Ali the Traveller close up, trawling the river-bed. Jess takes his pearls and her lover Roderick pledges to make a necklace for her – setting in motion a chain of events which will change both communities for ever.

Half a century later, in the autumn of 2007, the waters have risen, and the story is still being told and re-enacted.

The Pearlfisher is an epic tale of kinship, money and desire.

Cast : 3M, 2F

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-569-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


IAIN FINLAY MACLEOD has written over twenty plays which have been performed professionally. His work has been shown in a number of countries - the US, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium and London. Some of his plays are Somersaults (National Theatre of Scotland), The Bends (RSAMD), The Pearlfisher, I was a Beautiful Day and Broke and Homers, (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh). Iain Finlay wrote St Kilda - The Opera, a large-scale multi-discipline theatre piece which was shown at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2009.  This was shown simultaneously in five different countries in 2008. He has written a number of plays for radio among them Mr Anwar’s Farewell to Stornoway, The Pearlfisher (Radio 4) and Frozen (Radio Scotland). He has worked as an adaptor of works for radio - The Kitchen Child, Raven Black and White Nights. He has written two short stories for Radio 4 - Rock of Eye and Hallaig. Film work includes The Innaccessible Pinnacle, which was nominated for two BAFTA awards in writing categories. He has published four novels in the Gaelic language.