During March 2019 I travelled to the main island of Orkney, initially to join a week-long workshop at the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre. I then stayed for a further period, and in the company of local photographer Leslie Tait, I was provided with a three-day exploration of the Mainland that included transport, photographic opportunities and extensive descriptions of the island’s history. It was a very enjoyable visit and achieved a lifelong ambition to return to these islands. I had last been here in 1944, aged around 3-4 years with my parents. My father was in the RAF and somehow he managed to get my mother and myself onto the island where we lived in a one room cottage overlooking Scapa Flow. I have many clear memories of the experience.