Celebrating the Flying Scot

The weather may not be all that conducive to cycling at the moment – but lovers of bikes can still curl up with a beautiful local book that celebrates the famous Flying Scot bicycle with words and music and images combined.

The limited edition hand-crafted book is a thing of beauty, as you’d expect from Dumfries’s Roncadora Press. Illustrated with original linocuts by Hugh Bryden based on a 1957 Flying Scot, it is a sonnet sequence by Rab Wilson, and contains a CD of contemporary jazz compositions by Ben Bryden, and another CD of the poet reading from his work. And if that all sounds a little highbrow, I can confirm that the illustrations alone will appeal to any bike lover (or possibly bike fetishist), especially one who’s ever owned – or had a yen for – the legendary Flying Scot.

Locals can also catch Rab Wilson and the Brydens for an evening of poetry and music at the Wigtown Festival on Tuesday the 27th of September, where there will also be an exhibition of the book’s prints. And for those who can’t make it to the Wigtown event, you can also buy the book and the CD direct from Roncadora Press online.

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