Edited with an introduction by Tom Crawford
Dedication: To George Malcolm Thomson.
Map of Segget
Opening: The Borough of Segget stands under the Mounth, on the southern side, in the Mearns Howe, Fordoun lies near and Drumlithie nearer, you can see the Laurencekirk lights of a night glimmer and glow as the mists come down.
BBC description: Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s powerful sequel to Sunset Song dramatised by Donna Franceschild. Atmospheric drama about Grassic Gibbon’s best-loved character, Chris.
Now married to Robert, a young and idealistic minister, Chris and her family move from the crofting village of Kinraddie to the mill town of Segget in Aberdeenshire. Living in the wake of the Great War and during the build up to the General Strike, they find themselves instrumental in the small town’s epic class struggle.
Tensions within the town grow as Chris and Robert help the spinners prepare for strike action. But nothing can prepare the family for the tragic events that are about to unfold.
Starring Amy Manson and Robin Laing.
Directed by Kirsty Williams.
It seems highly likely that both author and spinners had read Tressell’s 1914 ‘The Ragged Philanthropists’.
“Not a penny off the pay,
not a minute on the day.”
5* Sunset Song
4* Cloud Howe