James MillerCrabs, crofting and kick ’e canny: a 1950s childhood in Keiss
Duration: 1680 seconds
Recorded: 27 November 2017
About this recording
The fishing and crofting traditions of Caithness were ingrained James Miller from an early age. In this interview he talks about growing up in Keiss, reading ancient books inherited from a relative who had run a private school in Wick, playing street games such as “kick ’e canny” and going to the travelling cinema on its regular visits to the village (the local fishermen turned out in force when Moby Dick was screened) as well as butter-making and attending to other tasks on visits to his granny’s croft at Dunnet. After university, James worked overseas and in London before returning to the north of Scotland to become a writer. Now living near Inverness, he is the author of some 20 books including Scapa, The Dambuilders, The North Atlantic Front, Salt in the Blood, Swords for Hire, A Fine White Stoor, The Foresters, The Finest Road in the World, Brimster Tales, The Gathering Stream: The Story of the Moray Firth, Inverness: A History, and A Wild and Open Sea: The Story of the Pentland Firth.