This project was prompted by Robert Macfarlane's book The Gift of Reading, an essay on the power of books and how they can inspire and shape lives. It is an uplifting and generous contribution to the plight of the Syrian refugees who have no refuge or home to call their own. (All proceeds from book sales go to MOAS, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station)
Scotland is a welcoming country and our remote mountain bothies reflect this non-exclusive spirit of sharing and giving. I'll be leaving a copy of The Gifts of Reading in various mountain bothies across Scotland. Each will contain a drawing I've created, specific to place, with a request to read the book and pass it on to someone else to help keep refugee awareness and the power of gifts flowing.
I'll be assisted by a few artist friends who will generously traipse to bothies to leave and photograph each book in situ. These will include:
Gerry Loose and Morven Gregor