Award winning poet Chrys Salt with internationally acclaimed harper Wendy Stewart weave the extraordinary story of Angus MacPhee, a crofter from South Uist who went off to war in 1939, fell ill with a form of schizophrenia and was then sent to Craig Dunain Mental Hospital outside Inverness. For the next 50 years Angus chose to remain almost totally silent, but went about weaving hundreds of garments from the grass and leaves he harvested from the hospital grounds.
A rich and enthralling exploration of mental health, the creative process, human frailty and ancient traditions.
“This wonderfully touching true story” – The Sunday Herald
‘…. This is a sequence of boldness and of sympathy; as unlikely as it may seem – and as mysterious – we may call it a meeting of imaginations.” – Tom Pow: poet
The programme will also feature a sequence about Ötzi The Iceman – the well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived over 5000 years ago. He was discovered in the Ötztal Alps in 1991. Bronze Age Man also wove garments out of Grass.
Chrys Salt’s poem sequence Angus MacPhee, Weaver of Grass is the centre-piece of her collection Grass (Pub: Indigo Dreams 2014). Ötzi The Iceman is from her collection Dancing on a Rock (Pub Indigo Dreams 2017).