Welcome back to Hidden Compass: The Podcast, where we venture to the frontiers of courage and curiosity and ask the question of season two’s theme: “What Have I Done?”
On today’s episode, co-hosts Sabine K. Bergmann and Sivani Babu sit with author Keith Skinner to discuss reading poetry written in battle, finding humanity in a blood-thirsty conqueror, and facing the impermanence of it all. But first, journey with us, as Keith takes us to the Orkney archipelago off the northeastern coast of Scotland and delves into the life and legacy of a brutal Viking earl.
“The Raven-Feeder’s Island” first appeared in the spring 2018 issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine as a feature in our Chasing Demons department. See the full story and photos here: https://hiddencompass.net/story/the-raven-feeders-island/.
Keith Skinner is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and travel narratives who constantly probes for the hidden or forgotten stories of the places he visits and the people he meets. Read more of Keith’s stories at his website, https://keith-skinner.com/. Check out his Hidden Compass profile at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/keith-skinner. And, you can learn more about Orkney (and vikings) at http://www.orkneyjar.com/ and the Orkney storytelling festival at https://orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk/main/.
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See you next week, when we’ll go to Laysan, an atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and speak with Russell Bradley about the wandering gooney birds to which he once sang “You Should Be Dancing.”