Gunnie Moberg

Duncan McLean and Irvine Welsh. Writers (1993)

About this artwork

Here, two leading contemporary novelists are shown at the Edinburgh Book Festival in 1993. McLean was born in Aberdeenshire and now lives in Orkney. Welsh grew up in Muirhouse on the outskirts of Edinburgh. His first novel 'Trainspotting' became popular throughout the world. According to the film historian David Bruce 'The story of Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and company living their various but related forms of hell was scarcely a celebration of Scotland in the nineties... But it did prove the Scottish ability to make books and films of tremendous intelligence and impact about contemporary issues'.

Gunnie Moberg

Gunnie Moberg

Gunnie Moberg was a Swedish photographer, painter and designer, who brilliantly captured life on the Northern Isles of Scotland. Born in Gothenburg, she moved to Edinburgh in 1958 where, three years later, she married American artist Tam McPhail. In 1964 they exchanged Edinburgh for the tranquillity of Argyll and in 1976 the family, which now included four sons, moved to Orkney. There, Moberg photographed the landscapes, seascapes and the islands’ inhabitants. She collaborated with Norwegian writer Liv Kjørsvik Schei to produce ‘The Orkney Story’ (1985) and ‘The Shetland Story’ (1988). But her best-known artistic association was with the Orkney writer and poet George Mackay Brown, with whom she collaborated on a number of books, including ‘Orkney: Pictures and Poems’ (1996).