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Stenness Poetry Day

Stenness Poetry Day

To mark World Poetry Day, we celebrate Abersee Press's latest publication: a first book of poems by Stenness-born poet Ingrid Leonard.

'Whar turns in / when thi dark’s a blip an thi day begs / daean at a lick...'
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Ola by Ingrid

Ola by Ingrid

The Longship has been a family business since 1859. With Mother’s Day in mind, Ola Gorie’s daughter Ingrid Tait remembers growing up with a pioneering jeweller as a mum and the early days of the 'Ola Gorie Story'.

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Hope is The Song

Hope is The Song

Gordon Parks was one of the most important photographers of twentieth-century. Once a weapon to oppress the black body through colonial documentation and surveillance, the camera has been reclaimed by the likes of Parks and other black photographers. 

Parks' photography dismantles stereotypes; through his work we see the black experience through a more nuanced and multidimensional lens.

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For a Song

For a Song

For a small group of islands, Orkney has produced an impressive number of writers.  Most famously, George Mackay Brown created a vision of the islands and their people - 'fishermen with ploughs' - so powerful that it shaped how many see and think of Orkney.  But what about 21st century Orkney?  Who will tell its stories and sing its songs?

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Wondering People

Wondering People is an art collective that collates beautiful and inspiring works by artists, makers and photographers. Founders, Sophie Merrell and Isabella Rothman, wanted to create an ethical and accessible platform in which artists could present their work to a diverse group of people. We had a chat with Sophie and Isabella to find out more about their story and inspirations.
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Julian is a Mermaid

Julian is a Mermaid

Julian is a Mermaid is a beautifully illustrated children's book by New York based writer Jessica Love. It celebrates individuality, self-expression, diversity, and above all else the unconditional love between a grandmother and her grandson. It is a simple yet powerful book, full of colour and joy, that we think you and the children in your life may enjoy...
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Meet The Maker - Studio Emma

Meet The Maker - Studio Emma

Emma McDowall is a creative female entrepreneur, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. What started off as experimental fun in her parent’s shed, soon became a sellable product when Emma shared photos of her works on social media. The colour palettes and textures brought to everyday objects, such as clocks and trays, were welcomed with enthusiasm, and now her pieces are sold world-over, from Iceland to the US…and now in the Longship, Kirkwall!

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Talking with Paboy Bojang

Talking with Paboy Bojang

Paboy is a Gambian designer currently seeking asylum in Naples. Cara talked to him last week, finding out about his inspirations for his home goods company, In Casa by Paboy which is gaining worldwide recognition for its colour and joy. In the interview Paboy retells his dangerous and violent journey crossing the desert and Mediterranean. Inspired by Paboy's story, this Valentine's we'll be donating 50% of profits of all soft furnishings to the refugee charity CHOOSE LOVE.

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Meet The Maker - Studio Bu

Meet The Maker - Studio Bu

Vicky and John, from Studio Bu are both successful ceramicists and lecturers in their own right, exhibiting globally from Japan, South America, Scandinavia…and now Kirkwall!  We feel very honoured to sell Studio Bu ceramics in our store. We had a chat with them to find out more about their inspirations and the process of making their beautiful mugs and bowls.
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Jean Michel Basquiat

Jean Michel Basquiat

Racism still persists; it is deeply entrenched, systemic and built into the foundations of our society.  But there is hope in resistance.  Art and literature is a particularly important way of resisting; as Basquiat proves, it has the power to act as a reflection of reality and lived experiences, but it is also a way to imagine what our future could look like.
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Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living

Climate change is one of the most pressing concerns of today.  At The Longship we’re looking at ways to be more environmentally friendly, reducing waste and recycling wherever possible. It’s impossible to do everything, but small changes can gradually make a difference.  Here are some of our favourite brands that are leading the way in creating sustainable, ethically produced goods. 
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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

We want to show our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests across the globe in reaction to the murder of George Floyd. This tragic death has shone a light on the fact that racism is an international emergency. We are offering a series of children’s books which celebrate influential black figures throughout history. 

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