Pabay: an Island Odyssey
Presented by the Centre for Scottish Culture:
The tiny island of Pabay is a diamond-shaped expanse of land in Skye’s inner Sound, less than three miles from the village of Broadford. An ancient haunt of holy men, who considered it a deeply spiritual place, it became famous in the 19th century when geologists realised that its rocks and fossil-rich soil could reveal a huge amount about the Earth’s ancient history.
Len and Margaret Whatley moved to Pabay from the Midlands in 1950, living on the island until 1970. Their nephew, Christopher Whatley, was a regular visitor, and witnessed first-hand the triumphs and challenges they experienced after swapping landlocked Birmingham for the windswept emptiness of the Inner Hebrides.
Published in 2019, Christopher Whatley’s Pabay: An Island Odyssey was lauded as a ‘sparkling gem’ and ‘one of the finest Highland books of the 21st century’. Part history, part memoir, it is a fascinating study that places one family’s odyssey within the wider story of Pabay.
In this free public talk, Professor Whatley discusses both his book and the tiny jewel of an island that inspired it.
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- Centre for Scottish Culture
- Scottish Centre for Global History
- Study History at the University of Dundee