Please join us on Thurs 31st January to meet Charlotte Runcie who brings a brilliant new voice to nature writing. No one else has approached our relationship with the sea in quite this way; her beautiful book, Salt On Your Tongue, brings a new perspective to a much loved subject. We can even claim her as a local author – Charlotte now lives in Galashiels.
Salt On Your Tongue is an ode to our oceans – to the sailors who brave their treacherous waters, to the women who lost their loved ones to the waves, to the creatures that dwell in their depths, to beach trawlers, swimmers, seabirds and mermaids. It’s a walk on the beach with Turner, with Shakespeare, with the Romantic Poets and with shanty-singers, and an investigation into how the untameable waves can help us understand what it means to be human.
The book interweaves Runcie’s personal story of pregnancy and grief with truly beautiful nature writing, adventures from the high seas and cultural criticism. Charlotte Runcie is the Daily Telegraph’s radio columnist and arts writer. For several years she lived and worked in Edinburgh, where she ran a folk music choir, and she now lives in the Scottish Borders. She has a secret past as a poet, having been a Foyle Young Poet of the Year with a pamphlet published by tall-lighthouse. Salt On Your Tongue is her first book.