Poet, novelist and essayist Kenneth Steven takes us on a series of meditative quests in search of “atoms of delight”—treasures, both natural and spiritual.
In this captivating collection of short pieces, each documenting a different journey through some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes, Steven invites readers to accompany him as he seeks out crystal-clear waters, delicate orchids, plump berries, and pebbles polished by time and tide. Appreciative of the gift of silence and the value of solitude and simplicity, he takes journeys that prompt introspection, as we pause, breathe, and discover alongside him the transformative power of nature's wild places.
Exploring the profound connections and peace we can find in the natural world and within ourselves, this is an evocative book that will inspire you to make your own pilgrimages, to discover the extraordinary in your surroundings when you take time for contemplation.
Kenneth Steven is a widely published Scottish poet, novelist, essayist and translator who discovered his love for the natural world during his childhood; a reverence for the wonder of words soon followed. His writing, inspired mainly by the wild landscapes of the Highlands, has won many awards. His BBC radio documentary on the remote Atlantic island of St Kilda won a prestigious Sony Award.