Authors launch book of ‘ferry’ stories

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Ferry stories penned by a group of Argyll College pals have been compiled in a new book, with profits going to the RNLI.

The collection of tales entitled Sea Passages has been published by Seilachan Fort and is out now, available on Amazon.

From around Oban,the ferry hub of Scotland’s West Coast, ten authors offer up stories on the theme of sea and river crossings.

The athology has an official launch at The Rockfield Centre on Tuesday July 17 at 8pm.

Alex Breck, who edited it, said: ‘Sea and river crossings may bring together or tear apart people and the chapters of their lives. Here are stories of those passing purposefully over the water and those being swept by tides. Whether moving on, heading back or just adrift, ferries feature large.

From around Oban, the ferry hub of Scotland’s isle-tangled west coast, ten authors offer stories on this common theme. Here are people lost and people found. Birth and death. Tales of whales, the bleat of sheep and the tang of the salt air.

Not all are Scottish ferries. Not all may be real ferries. But each journey is a crossing in which something is discovered or something is changed.

The authors are all connected through creative writing classes at some time at Argyll College. Tutor Roxanne MacColl also has a story included.

The book has been in the making for a couple of years, co-ordinated by Alex Breck.

Alison Dawson from Connel has two stories in it. Deliverance tells a tale inspired by the plight of Syrian refugees in the Agean and The Crossing is about the Mull ferry and going home to die.