7 by 7 inches | 72 pp
16 greyscale 5 colour photographs
with the seventeenth-century Hebridean bard
Màiri nighean Alasdair Ruaidh (Mary MacLeod).
poems by Marilyn Bowering
photographs by Xan Shian
The words of Threshold are plain, as bare and pregnant as the stones of a ruined croft. Marilyn Bowering unites her voice with the life and words of a silenced, exiled female Hebridean poet who speaks across three centuries. Xan Shian's photographs face this world of extremes and change with a timeless and contemporary eye.
Marilyn Bowering photo by Michael Elcock
Marilyn Bowering is a poet, novelist and non-fiction writer who lives in British Columbia. She has received many awards for her work including designation of Notable Book by the New York Times, short-listing for the world-wide Orange Prize and a number of prizes named after women poets (Dorothy Livesay, Pat Lowther and Gwendolyn MacEwen). She is the librettist for the opera Marilyn Forever (with Gavin Bryars). www.marilynbowering.com
Mary MacLeod (Màiri nighean Alasdair Ruaidh) was a Scottish Gaelic poet. She was born c.1615 on the island of Harris and died at Dunvegan c.1707 on the island of Skye.
Xan Shian has lived and photographed in Montreal, Scotland, Spain, France and Victoria; she works primarily with film and makes most of her edits in camera. Her work has been published in a variety of periodicals and exhibited in Montreal, Edinburgh and Victoria. www.xanshian.com
Xan Shian photo by Mia Watkins