Little Forks / Forcan Beaga
Prose, Rebecca Sharp. Dual edition in English with Gaelic translation by Gillebride MacMillan.
Little Forks is the poetic story of a brother (Perigee) and sister (Hecate), set abstractly in Tighnabruaich in Scotland (Gaelic, 'the house on the hill').
Hecate returns to the holiday cottage where she and Perigee used to go with their parents. An incident occurred during that last family holiday, which meant they would never return. In the present day, Hecate revisits the places she and Peri used to go - in particular, the remains of an Iron Age homestead hidden deep in the forest. Together they unearth a version of the past and with it, an understanding of the present. The significance of the homestead becomes clear - something is hidden there that will set them free.
An unsettling and atmospheric story about memories and landscape, inner voices, divergence and attempted reconciliation.
"This is beautiful, lyrical work that raises philosophical and physical questions about the nature of reality, as the boundaries melt between land and sea, the present and the past, between people and animals, in a vision which is perhaps nearer the truth than we know." Meg Bateman (poet)
Supported by Creative Scotland + The Gaelic Books Council.
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