‘The Rose of the Rock’ is by the Shetland poet Margaret Chalmers and was published in her only volume of poems in 1813. The poem describes a party of women who travel from Lerwick for a day’s outing to the island of Noss.
The Rose of the Rock
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Penny Fielding teaches English and Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh where she is also director of the project for Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century (SWINC). She has been visiting Orkney for many years but her interest in Northern Islands writing started when she was researching her book on the North in British Romanticism, Scotland and the Fictions of Geography: North Britain 1760-1830, and came across the work of the brilliant but neglected Shetland poet Margaret Chalmers. Penny has since then been collaborating with the Shetland Museum and Archives, resulting in the Writing the North project.
Raman Mundair is a writer and artist. She is the author of A Choreographer's Cartography, Lovers, Liars, Conjurers and Thieves and The Algebra of Freedom. In 2013 she will be a Leverhulme Artist in Residence for Shetland Museum and Archives. She is a Rolex Mentor and Protégé Award nominee, a Robert Louis Stevenson Award winner and was identified by the BBC/Royal Court Theatre as one of the 'next generation of promising new writers in Britain' (24 Degrees Project). Raman was chosen as one of two British writers to participate in the Word Express, Literature Across Frontiers project. Word Express took 20 young writers from 12 European countries by train through South-East Europe to Turkey, where they took part in readings and literary events in every country they passed through. Her artworks have been exhibited at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow and City Art Gallery, Leicester. Raman's video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWmWGCDU5ak