The Wounded Selkie

(complete tale, 11 min)

A tale of hate, revenge, forgiveness, reconciliation and understanding.

The tale comes from the Orkney Islands.
For personal reasons I set it on the north tip of one of the smaller Orcadian islands, Westray. Although much of the Orkney coastline is relatively flathere, here there is a high cliff.
One bright and windy day my wife and I walked the footpath which goes close to the edge of the cliff. Looking down, we saw Mr Groat's lobster boat on which our two sons, aged 12 and 10, were spending the day helping him haul in his creels.
This memory often comes to mind when I tell of the fisherman seeing the stranger's son lying with the wound in his side.

The Wounded Selkie on CD

A different recording of this tale is part of my CD, Jack Goes Hunting.
This video recording was made in Jan. 2015 in Bangalore, India.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres.
Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.
Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.
The videos are © Richard Martin.
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