Not a Plack the Richer launches in Lochgilp­head

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LEISURE -

Au­thor Mar­ian Pal­lis­ter is launch­ing her new book in Lochgilp­head.

A meet and greet on Satur­day July 14 will fea­ture the lat­est of Mar­ian’s 10 books, Not a Plack the Richer, fol­low­ing from the suc­cess of The Cri­nan Canal and Cru­achan: The Hol­low Moun­tain.

Not a Plack the Richer fo­cuses on the way that spe­cific in­dus­tries and the peo­ple who have shaped them have changed both lives and land­scapes.

Mar­ian tells the story of Ar­gyll’s min­ing past through let­ters, of­fi­cial records, maps and other doc­u­men­tary ma­te­rial, set be­side the per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of those in­volved at all lev­els of the in­dus­try and the com­mu­ni­ties it shaped.

Mar­ian was raised in Glas­gow but has hopped all across the globe, liv­ing in Perthshire, France, Italy and La­nark­shire, and, for the past 20 years, Ar­gyll, con­tribut­ing with tu­tor­ing in English and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Ar­gyll Col­lege.

Jour­nal­ism took her around the world, cov­er­ing the ef­fects of con­flict and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters on com­mu­ni­ties, which is ev­i­dent in her book cov­er­ing the ef­fect of an of­ten dan­ger­ous in­dus­try on a com­mu­nity.

Mar­ian said: ‘The many dif­fer­ent min­ing ven­tures through­out the West High­lands in the past were of­ten much more about lin­ing the pock­ets of spec­u­la­tors than en­rich­ing the lives of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Themes of so­cial jus­tice are most im­por­tant to me, es­pe­cially when I can show the par­al­lels be­tween past and present lives.’

Not a Plack the Richer will be launched at the Ar­gyll Book Cen­tre at 2pm on Satur­day July 14. Join the launch to meet the au­thor and get some refreshments.

Au­thor Mar­ian Pal­lis­ter launches an­other study of Ar­gyll’s past.

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