Tuesday, 13 March 2012

An Island Writer

Lillian Beckwith (1916 - 2004) was attracted to islands in both real life and fiction. She was born Lillian Comber, in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, where her father ran a grocery business. She chose to live at Elgol, Skye, and on nearby Soay. Her range of books is extensive, although her inventiveness and characterisation caused misgivings in the community and was a factor in her to moving away ... to the larger and distant Isle of Man.

Scottish Islands Explorer - tries to separate fact from fiction


Anonymous said...

Port Ellesmere? I live very near that place for a decade and unless it's undergone considerable gentrification since we left, it was always known as Ellesmere Port

Scottish Islands Explorer said...

Thank you for pointing out this Ellesmere Port typo, or should it be po-typ! Why is 'County Durham' referred to in this form rather than as 'Durham County'? Anyone know?

Caroline Gill said...

I'm sorry, I don't know - but on a similar note, the town of Bury St Edmunds is just that - and the local government district is St Edmundsbury. The diocese (formed in 1914) is also usually known as St Edmundsbury.