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Long Walk Home
Robbie Lawrence

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SHIPPING LATE AUGUST  For the past five years, Robbie Lawrence has travelled throughout Scotland and the United States photographing the Highland Games. His highly anticipated new book Long Walk Home examines the cultural significance of the traditional community tournament and questions the...Read more

SHIPPING LATE AUGUST 

For the past five years, Robbie Lawrence has travelled throughout Scotland and the United States photographing the Highland Games. His highly anticipated new book Long Walk Home examines the cultural significance of the traditional community tournament and questions the very notion of what it is to be from a place.

The Games have always interested me, not just visually, but also as a vehicle for considering how we as Scots allow history to inform our modern identity. At first, I struggled to look past the myth-making and nationalism often espoused in the Games. I was trying to document these events objectively, without clarifying  how I felt about them. What you see in the pages of these two volumes is an attempt to engage with the myriad of fabricated ideas surrounding the modern Highland Games. Whether on a dusty sports field in Denver or at the local park at Burntisland, the Games is at its core a coming together of friends and family to enjoy sports, dance and music.” - Robbie Lawrence

Presented as a limited edition double-volume publication, including a hardback book of candid images of the Games, and a second Singer-sewn volume of portraits of the Games participants, alongside an extended text by award-winning poet John Burnside, which teases apart the threads of how Scots and the Scottish diaspora have remoulded the form of the Games to suit their cultural needs. Burnside passed away shortly after completing his beautiful text.

“We do not need to be born in a place – we do not even need to have seen it – to enter into its mythology, because myths are not historical. Myths are elective – not at the level of consciousness, not as an informed, self-aware choice, but as the expression of something more fundamental and, at the same time, more lyrical. History is what sets us in our place, binding us to social norms and conventions and limits; myths let us roam, they make space for the imagination, for re-invention, for a sense of belonging that is not conferred by a clan name, or a verified birth certificate – and by now, in much of the world, including Scotland, Scottishness is as much myth as it is history, which means that we must guard it carefully, retell it beautifully and, more than anything else, love it wisely.” - John Burnside 

Pages —   Vol. 1 120p + Vol 2 48p

Details — One hardback book and one singer-sewn book, both housed in a silk-screened slipcase  

Size — 314x251mm

SHIPPING 1st September 2024