WEST HARTFORD — Connecticut author and newspaper columnist Robert McWilliams will talk about his walk across Scotland that inspired his book, “The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain: A Walk from Cape Wrath to the Solway Firth” (2018 Homebound Publications) at Noah Webster Library on Thursday, July 18.
McWilliams will show photographs from the trek and discuss Scotland’s history, nature and cultural background. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book. Register online at www.westhartfordlibrary.org or by phone at 860-561-6950.
“The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain” takes the reader on a walk across Scotland, where McWilliams was born. McWilliams crosses wild and beautiful landscapes, meets an ever-changing cast of companions, and passes through communities from remote hamlets to the smiling, but rough-edged, city of Glasgow. Around every corner, he explores Scotland’s turbulent history and unique cultural and natural heritage, from the Gaelic language, to the fearsome Highland midge, and how the Stone of Destiny — an ancient coronation symbol — could now reside in an unassuming Glasgow pub. Struggling with terrain, injury, atrocious weather, and above all his own fragile confidence, McWilliams weaves into his narrative the threads of his life that led to the journey, and discovers that the rewards of adventure are rarely those that were anticipated.
“This is the story of a long, idiosyncratic walk — but it never strays far from the heart of essential Scotland: the wildness, the heritage, the history and the sheer breathtaking beauty of its landscapes,” wrote Dr. Terry Marsh, author of “Walking the West Highland Way.”
There is ample library event parking in the nearby Isham Garage. Please bypass the garage kiosks and come directly to the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford, where you may validate your parking with your license plate number.