George Mackay Brown (left) and Kulgin Duval at Frenich.
Gunnie Moberg took this photo in the garden of the house Kulgin Duval and Colin Hamilton shared at Frenich in Perthshire.
George Mackay Brown was one of the Scottish writers who enjoyed Kulgin and Colin's friendship and hospitality.
His visits to Frenich were productive, both in terms of his writing and in fine limited editions. This says much about the friendship. George Mackay Brown was famously reluctant to leave his native Orkney, yet clearly felt at home at Frenich. He liked to work in the summerhouse in the garden there.
Gunnie Moberg had a long association with Mackay Brown and collaborated with him on several books, including 'Stone'. The Swedish-born artist, photographer, designer, painter and gardener, like the poet, had been a friend of Kulgin Duval and Colin Hamilton since the early 1960s.
The Hooded Fisherman
Frontispiece and title page of 'The Hooded Fisherman', by George Mackay Brown (Frenich: Kulgin D Duval and Colin H Hamilton, 1985).
An edition of 205 copies dedicated to Parameswaran, a young Indian who worked for Kulgin Duval and Colin Hamilton for several months at Frenich. It was at Frenich that Para and George Mackay Brown met and formed an instant friendship. George dedicated this book to Para, and Kulgin and Colin printed it as a Christmas card. Orcadian artist Charles Shearer made the linocuts that illustrate the story.