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TITLE
'A Croft in the Hills' (5)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_KATHARINE_STEWART_05
PLACENAME
Abriachan
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Katharine Stewart
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1396
KEYWORDS
authobiographies
crofting
crofters
crofter
crofts
audio
literary landscapes

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This audio extract is from Katharine Stewart's autobiographical book, 'A Croft in the Hills', first published in 1971. It is read here by the author.

'It was early autumn by the time we were really settled in and then one evening I went out after dark to get some washing water from the butt by the back door. I stood, kettle in hand, staring at the sky beyond Ben Wyvis. Great pale beams were moving, like searchlights, across the whole northern section of the heavens. I called to my husband and he stood with me, gazing at these incredibly beautiful northern lights. Then we fetched our little daughter, wrapped her in a big coat, held her in our arms, while we all three watched the spectacle. We two felt rather small and very humble but young Helen gurgled with delight. At once we joined in her response: this was her inheritance, she had recognised it at once.'

Katharine Stewart was born in 1914 and becamed one of the Highlands' most prolific writers. During the Second World War she worked for the Admiralty in London after which she settled in Abriachan, near Inverness, where she ran a croft and post office and wrote documentaries for the BBC. She was instrumental in setting up a small local museum in Abriachan and in 2005 she received the Saltire Society Highland Branch Award for her outstanding contribution to the understanding of Highland Culture.

Katharine Stewart's first book, 'A Croft in the Hills', was published in 1960 and again in 1971. What had originally been seen as a couthy tale of Highland life was now seen as an important evocation of a way of life which was disappearing fast. 'A Garden in the Hills' followed in 1995, with 'A School in the Hills' in 1996 and 'The Post in the Hills' in 1997. She branched out into less autobiographical books with 'Abriachan: the story of an upland community', for the Abriachan Forest Trust (2000), and 'The story of Loch Ness' (2005). Her latest book, 'Women of the Highlands' (2006), is an interesting excursion through the lives of notable Highland women through the ages. It is dedicated 'To women everywhere, those custodians of life'. "Her final volume, 'Cattle on a Thousand Hills' was published in 2010."

Katharine Stewart died on 27 March 2013, aged 98.

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'A Croft in the Hills' (5)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

authobiographies; crofting; crofters; crofter; crofts; audio; literary landscapes

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: Katharine Stewart

This audio extract is from Katharine Stewart's autobiographical book, 'A Croft in the Hills', first published in 1971. It is read here by the author. <br /> <br /> 'It was early autumn by the time we were really settled in and then one evening I went out after dark to get some washing water from the butt by the back door. I stood, kettle in hand, staring at the sky beyond Ben Wyvis. Great pale beams were moving, like searchlights, across the whole northern section of the heavens. I called to my husband and he stood with me, gazing at these incredibly beautiful northern lights. Then we fetched our little daughter, wrapped her in a big coat, held her in our arms, while we all three watched the spectacle. We two felt rather small and very humble but young Helen gurgled with delight. At once we joined in her response: this was her inheritance, she had recognised it at once.'<br /> <br /> Katharine Stewart was born in 1914 and becamed one of the Highlands' most prolific writers. During the Second World War she worked for the Admiralty in London after which she settled in Abriachan, near Inverness, where she ran a croft and post office and wrote documentaries for the BBC. She was instrumental in setting up a small local museum in Abriachan and in 2005 she received the Saltire Society Highland Branch Award for her outstanding contribution to the understanding of Highland Culture. <br /> <br /> Katharine Stewart's first book, 'A Croft in the Hills', was published in 1960 and again in 1971. What had originally been seen as a couthy tale of Highland life was now seen as an important evocation of a way of life which was disappearing fast. 'A Garden in the Hills' followed in 1995, with 'A School in the Hills' in 1996 and 'The Post in the Hills' in 1997. She branched out into less autobiographical books with 'Abriachan: the story of an upland community', for the Abriachan Forest Trust (2000), and 'The story of Loch Ness' (2005). Her latest book, 'Women of the Highlands' (2006), is an interesting excursion through the lives of notable Highland women through the ages. It is dedicated 'To women everywhere, those custodians of life'. "Her final volume, 'Cattle on a Thousand Hills' was published in 2010." <br /> <br /> Katharine Stewart died on 27 March 2013, aged 98.