Although Liz MacRae Shaw was brought up in England, her mother was born and bred on the Isle of Skye and she was able to spend her summer holidays with her grandparents on the island. The inspiration for her writing comes from several sources – the history of the Highlands, including her own family history from Skye, plus the Hebridean treasure store of myth and storytelling. The ancient stories of Finn McCoul and the Fianna were kept alive for centuries by the travelling people. Fortunately they have been preserved thanks to the recordings made by Hamish Hamilton. The footprints of these tales survive in place names too. On Skye we have Fingal’s Seat from where the hero surveyed huge herds of deer and the castle of Dun Sgaithaich where he learnt the arts of war from a witch. On the neighbouring island of Raasay the unusual summit of Dun Caan was created by the hero when he wanted a flat platform for dancing.
Liz has incorporated some of these stories into her novel, No Safe Anchorage. The young Robert Louis Stevenson hears them while recovering from illness in the house of Janet MacKenzie on the Isle of Rona.
210 Lanark Road West
There is a wheelchair ramp up to the entrance of the building, and wheelchair accessible toilets inside. There is off-road parking available outside the venue. The 44 and 45 buses go past the door of the library.