Island Diary

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George Mackay Brown’s weekly “Island Diary” appeared in the Orkney Herald between 1945 and 1956. It was always signed “Islandman,” and GMB found pleasure in its anonymity. From 1948 onward, the columns have subtitles, which I have recorded.

In the “Island Diary” of 2 November 1948, GMB offered a history of the column, beginning, “It was born in very inauspicious circumstances. During those dreadful years of the war, the entire reporting staff of ‘The Orkney Herald’ was in the forces. Copy was scarce, and space hard to fill. ‘Island Diary’ was conceived first of all as a stop-gap, a number of light gossipy paragraphs to occupy the greater part of a column.”

Below is a list of links to the columns (grouped by years).