Paul Murton

Paul Murton in conversation with Vanessa Collingridge

The Viking Isles: Travels in Orkney & Shetland

Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Broadcast Date
Sunday 26 July

The presenter of BBC Television’s Grand Tours has written a beautiful and very personal book. In The Viking Isles: Travels in Orkney & Shetland, he explores not only these most Nordic parts of Scotland but also weaves in family connections with Norway and his own travels in Scandinavia as a child and young man.

The legacy of the Vikings can be found everywhere in the Northern Isles: in archaeological remains, place names, local tradition and folklore. From a sing along with the Shanty Yell Boys to fishing off Muckle Flugga, from sword-dancing with the men of Papa Stour to a Norwegian pub crawl in Lerwick, Paul paints a vivid picture of these islands and their people as he explores their heritage – and his own. With more than 150 stunning colour photographs and a rich tale to tell, this is a beautiful book.

Paul will be interviewed by writer and broadcaster, Vanessa Collingridge.

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