peedie schools Scottish cringe cartoon by martin scott laird 2017

Peedie Schools, or do Orcadians suffer from the Scottish cringe?

Do Orcadians suffer from the ‘Scottish cringe’? This cartoon was produced to accompany an article called “Peedie Schools for Creative Learning” by Fiona Grahame, about schooling in Orkney. It appears in the October 2017 edition of iScot magazine. Being from Kirkwall, it is not easy to imagine what the experience of growing up on one […]

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The Brochj of Gurness in Orkney at night with solarised light trails

Dark light at the Broch of Gurness

These photos were taken at the Broch of Gurness in Evie, in the West Mainland of Orkney. It was a clear starry night and there was faint aurora borealis visible to the North behind Rousay. The photos are long exposures capturing light created by people with torches. The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age […]

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cartoon. some things never change martin scott laird 2017

Some things never change

This cartoon was produced to accompany an article written by Fiona Grahame (of The Orkney News) for iScot magazine. I am very grateful to them for using it. As Fiona’s article explains, Norse invaders supplanted the indigenous Orcadian Picts. My cartoon shows a Viking confused by Pictish symbolism and political beliefs. He speaks the runic […]

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